The Lord Mayor of Sheffield has welcomed the Queen’s visit to Sheffield today as a huge boost for the city.
Thousands of people were expected to flock to the city centre today to see the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, as she visits Sheffield.
They were attending the traditional Maundy Thursday service at Sheffield Cathedral.
Coun Peter Rippon, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, said before the visit: “I am sure that the people of Sheffield will give The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh a warm and enthusiastic Yorkshire welcome.
““I look forward to welcoming the Royal party on this undoubtedly significant occasion.”
The 89-year-old monarch was due to hand out coins – known as Royal Maundy – to 89 men and 89 women for their service to their community and their church.
It is the first time the tradition has taken place in Sheffield and city leaders were looking forward to it.
The Very Reverend Peter Bradley, Dean of Sheffield: “Sheffield Cathedral is honoured to have been chosen to host the Royal Maundy.
“This service is a special opportunity to recognise individuals who have worked to make a positive contribution to their community.
“Since the letters selecting the recipients went out it has been amazing to see how humble, gracious and hardworking these people are.
“South Yorkshire has so many people working selflessly for others.
“There really could be no better way of recognising this as well as marking the centenary of becoming a cathedral.”
The Right Reverend Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Sheffield, also weclomed the visit.
He said: “Since the news was announced, there has been a growing sense of anticipation and joy that Royal Maundy should be taking place in Sheffield this year.”