Post by David Amicus
Do any monarchs today wash the feet of the poor?
The Pope evidently still does.
Elizabeth I of England maintained the Tudor monarchs' tradition of washing the feet of the poor on Maundy Thursday, as well as giving them gifts of food & clothing. However, she always insisted that their feet be well scrubbed in soap & water by her attendants, and perfumed with sweet-smelling herbs, prior to her own washing of them.