A member of the Diocese of Oxford has taken part in a Royal Maundy service at Worcester Cathedral.

Her Royal Highness Queen Camilla presented the Maundy money to Fifield resident Catherine Hitchens, who is one of three people from the Diocese of Oxford to receive the honour.

Queen Camilla stepped in for King Charles III who was due to attend but stepped back from public-facing duties after his cancer diagnosis.

Other nominees include Muriel Wigston of Chenies Baptist Church.

Oxford Mail: The event took place at Worcester CathedralThe event took place at Worcester Cathedral (Image: Newsquest)

Recipients of the Maundy money are chosen for their significant and dedicated Christian service to their communities and churches.

The number of recipients is the same as the monarch's age.

Each recipient receives two small leather purses.

One is white and holds coins to the value in pence of the Monarch’s age, while the other is red and contains a special £5 and a unique 50p.

This year, 75 men and 75 women have been selected.

Ms Hitchens, a churchwarden who frequently leads services at her church, said: "First of all, I thought it was a mistake.

"It is incredible and I still do not really understand it, when I look around and see what other people do.

"I just try to live a quiet life in the village, doing what I can."

Ms Hitchens has also spearheaded and coordinated necessary repair works for her church, raising funds in the process.

She has supported her community's village hall by raising funds for its repair and maintenance.

This autumn, Ms Hitchens is launching a monthly group for children in her village, called Little Fishes.

Ms Hitchens also serves as the lay-chair of the Deanery Synod, a meeting of representatives of 30 Church of England parishes in the Chipping Norton area.

She participates in local government as Fifield Parish Meeting chairman and is a founding member of the Oxfordshire Stronger Communities Alliance.

The practice of giving Maundy money, one of the oldest royal traditions dating to at least 600AD, used to involve monarchs giving money to those in need and washing the feet of their poorer subjects.

The first record of the practice taking place in this country dates back 1213.

Its significance is rooted in the biblical story of Jesus washing the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper.

Upon ascending the throne, Queen Elizabeth II expanded the tradition by travelling to various cathedrals and abbeys to give gifts to people.

The ceremony continues to honour individuals like Catherine, who make significant contributions to their communities and beyond.