Our Queen, Our Cathedral, curated by Salisbury Cathedral Archivist Emily Naish, has started with special exhibits placed all around the cathedral.

Records of royal visits to the cathedral go back as far as 1470,when King Edward IV was admitted to Salisbury Cathedral Chapter’s confraternity.

Visitors can learn about the Queen’s visit in 1974 and view money from the Royal Maundy service held in the cathedral.

Over the Jubilee bank holiday weekend some of these special coins alongside other mementoes of the day will be displayed in the Cathedral. 

The specially minted coins were presented to 48 men and 48 women, each of whom received 48 pence in Maundy coins - the number of recipients and the value of the coins matching the Queen’s age at the time.

The coins on display were gifted to the cathedral by the family of Margaret Hewett, who received her Maundy money in recognition of her long-standing service to the church and community of Colehill, Dorset, particularly the Girl Guides

Also on display will be the replica Coronation robe created by a team of cathedral flower arrangers for May’s flower festival.

Images from the Diamond Jubilee in 2012 and other items from the cathedral archive will also be on show including the VIP visitor’s book signed by the Queen and Prince Philip at the time.

The Salisbury visit, which was part of a UK wide tour was attended by hundreds of people and included a pageant with parades and stalls on the Cathedral lawns, maypole dancing, a brass band, and a re-enactment of a medieval sword fight

A special Celebration Tree will be in place for visitors who wish to leave goodwill message for Her Majesty.

The exhibition is running until June 15. 

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