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Isle of Man school pupil given royal invitation
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Ben Howorth is looking forward to telling The Queen about his hobbies

Queen Elizabeth II has invited a young pupil from St Thomas' Primary school in Douglas to attend the the Royal Maundy service at Westminster Abbey.

Nine-year-old Ben Howorth received a letter from Her Majesty inviting him to participate as a Maundy Child.

The ceremony, which will take place on Maundy Thursday, the 21 April, dates back to the Middle Ages.

Ben is one of only four children chosen from State and Church Schools to attend the service and assist the Queen.

He says he is honoured and proud to have been chosen as a special helper for the Queen and is keen to tell Her Majesty about his favourite hobbies and school activities.

Forty Manx residents are to receive Maundy money from The Queen for the first time.

They will be among the 85 recipients who will receive the Queen's Maundy alms on 21 April, Her Majesty's 85th birthday.

From 1699 the Maundy money was distributed by a royal representative but it became customary since the 1930s for the reigning monarch to distribute the coins.

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