Selby Abbey – Royalty and the American Flag

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

Window in the south transept c.1914 (Click to view larger image) Window in the south transept c.1914 (Click to view larger image)

Another huge window fills the end wall of the south transept, showing scenes from the early history of the Abbey at Selby. On both walls, the stained glass depicts members of the Royal House; on one side Victoria, Queen and Empress, with Albert, the Prince Consort, and on the other Edward VII and his queen, Alexandra.

Victoria, Queen Empress and Albert, Prince Consort Victoria, Queen Empress and Albert, Prince Consort

For me, however, this little corner holds memories far more personal. I remember standing here with my Grandma Annie as she told me about the tradition of Maundy Money. There is a little display case with the purses and coins that Queen Elizabeth handed out to parishioners here in 1969, at the time the nine hundredth year of the Abbey, the only time the Royal Maundy Service had been held in a Parish Church rather than…

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