Honour for son of Duke of Edinburgh’s shipmate

Tony Naylor.
Tony Naylor.

When Tony Naylor meets the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh this week it will bring back memories of his father’s link to Prince Philip.

Maurice Naylor was a telegraphist on board HMS Wallace during the Second World War, serving alongside the future Duke who was first lieutenant.

So Tony, 71, hopes to tell Prince Philip about his family connection when he receives a prestigious honour from the royal couple this Thursday.

He is one of 88 men and 88 women from the county, all pensioners, who will be given ‘Maundy Money’ when the Queen and the Duke visit Blackburn Cathedral on what is known as Maundy Thursday.

The Royal Maundy is an ancient ceremony which can be traced back to the fourth century and has its origin in the commandment Christ gave after washing the feet of his disciples on the day before Good Friday.

As early as the 13th century members of the royal family took part in Maundy ceremonies, to distribute money and gifts, and to recall Christ’s simple act of humility by washing the feet of the poor.

The recipients of Royal Maundy in this day and age, are the same number of men and women over 70 as there are years in the sovereign’s age. They are chosen because of the Christian service they have given to the Church and community.

At the annual ceremony, the Queen will hand to each recipient two small leather string purses. A red purse contains – in ordinary coinage – money in lieu of food and clothing; the other, a white purse, contains silver Maundy coins consisting of 88 pence. The Queen turns 88 on April 21.

Tony is in his 39th year as treasurer of St John the Divine church in Sandylands.

He said that other church members Stan Ross, Shirley Hamley, Jane Brown and Jim Pearson will also be honoured.

Others to receive the award from our area include Alice Tennant, a member of Bolton-le-Sands Women’s Institute.