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Queen Elizabeth Attends Maundy Thursday Service on 85th Birthday

Comstock/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- As part of her 85th birthday, Britain's Queen Elizabeth is carrying out an age-old tradition Thursday at Westminster Abbey -- the setting of her grandson's royal wedding next week.

The Maundy Thursday service dates back to the Middle Ages, and involves the monarch of the day handing out freshly minted coins to deserving elderly recipients.

The ceremony is being seen by many in England as a chance to iron out any technical issues ahead of the high-profile wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton next Friday, April 29.

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