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silly question: why did HM called Kate to take flowers? I didn't see the little girls saying they were for Kate
My guess would be that the police had grouped the children accordingly. Those who had flowers for HM went closer to the church steps. Those who had flowers for Kate were in another group.
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The Queen reigns in purple as she joins the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales for church at Sandringham | Mail Online

Apparently the Queen did not collect flowers from children at church today, the article says a policeman told one member of the crowd that there were so many children on Christmas Day that by stopping to collect then all they had made the Queen late for lunch.
Apparently the children today were asked to hand them to Princess Anne today instead, the article says that because there were so many on Christmas Day the Duchess of Cambridge was asked to help collect them.
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H.M.The Queen looked marvelous today attending Church at St Mary Magdalene church on the Sandringham estate.
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She does look marvelous and I just knew HM wouldn't disappoint me since she wore the Kent Amethyst brooch, one of my all-time favorite jewels.
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Some members of the royal family will be there until after 6th February - the Queen stays until then to remember the passing of her father at Sandringham on that day and thus her accession at the place where he died.

Usually Edward, Sophie and their children stay until very close to the need to return home for the children to return to school.

Charles usually goes to Scotland after a few days more at Sandringham than just Christmas and Boxing Day and Camilla usually joins him there, having gone home to spend some of the holidays with her own children and grandchildren.

It is possible that less well known members of The Queen and/or Philip's family will join them for a few days or a week or so e.g. sometimes one or more of Philip's nieces or nephews and family join them (his sisters used to do so when alive and since their passing - last to do so was late 2001 about 6 weeks before The Queen lost Margaret and then lost her mother - their children have continued to visit Uncle Philip and Aunt Lilibet).

Andrew and the girls take off pretty quickly to be with Sarah for the holidays. When she was allowed to stay in a cottage on the estate then Andrew and the girls would stay longer.
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Old 12-29-2013, 04:53 PM
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Christmas Day at Sandringham 2013 - YouTube
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What a lovely & intimate footage of the Royal Family,I hope it wasn't too cold for all those well wishers!
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The Queen reigns in purple as she joins the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales for church at Sandringham | Mail Online

Apparently the Queen did not collect flowers from children at church today, the article says a policeman told one member of the crowd that there were so many children on Christmas Day that by stopping to collect then all they had made the Queen late for lunch.

The DM called this controversial, but really, the Queen is almost ninety.
No one seems to think she may not be up to walking around in the cold for hours after church to meet and greet people!

She looks fine for her age but it is obvious she doesn't have the stamina she once had. Why can't people be more understanding instead of carrying on about how they were disappointed?
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I just can't believe the tone of this article . I know it's the DM but C'mon. ...
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Old 12-29-2013, 07:20 PM
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Very nice pictures of the royals at church today. I'm wondering if Louise should be wearing some warmer footwear?
Margarita had pumps on - less footwear than Louise.
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I just can't believe the tone of this article . I know it's the DM but C'mon. ...
It appears Ms. Harding did not bother to tweet about this bit of vitriol. You can send your love to @EleanorHarding
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Old 12-29-2013, 07:41 PM
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I just can't believe the tone of this article . I know it's the DM but C'mon. ...
Sometimes the simplest explanation is the right one and she is 87. Maybe she just NEEDED to get home
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:59 PM
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The DM called this controversial, but really, the Queen is almost ninety.
No one seems to think she may not be up to walking around in the cold for hours after church to meet and greet people!

She looks fine for her age but it is obvious she doesn't have the stamina she once had. Why can't people be more understanding instead of carrying on about how they were disappointed?

1. It wouldn't have been for hours - about 10 minutes at most
2. She wouldn't have had to walk as they come to her.

She could have even sat down in the car and had them present their flowers if that was the issue.

This isn't going down well and appears to be a matter of her not being bothered - badly handled by the royal PR (but they are experts at getting the PR side of their jobs wrong).
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Old 12-30-2013, 01:33 AM
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I think last year The Queen did accept flowers from the kids and others after Christmas but the woman is old you know. She probably had it planned for Princess Anne and others to accept the flowers on her behalf. Also, she probably had something to do back at the house. I don't think The Queen was being rude of snubbing anyone.
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1. It wouldn't have been for hours - about 10 minutes at most
2. She wouldn't have had to walk as they come to her.

She could have even sat down in the car and had them present their flowers if that was the issue.

This isn't going down well and appears to be a matter of her not being bothered - badly handled by the royal PR (but they are experts at getting the PR side of their jobs wrong).
She also could have needed to get home to use the bathroom. What is she going to do? Announce it to all she's going to the royal loo?

She's not a puppet and people shouldn't expect her to act on demand.
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She has been trained to be prepared for that eventuality and would have gone before she left for the 1 - 2 minute drive to church and so wouldn't have that excuse at all.

She snubbed people who had travelled to see her and that is bad PR - those of you who are excusing her breaking a tradition she has followed with no reasonable excuse given aren't looking at this situation realistically - the royal family are celebrities and rely on the good will of the people to continue with their existence. If they lose that goodwill they will lose their position.

The Queen was trained by Queen Mary and she taught her granddaughter that royalty is 'never tired'. The Queen failed in her duty on this occasion - her duty to greet her loyal subjects and may very well have turned some of them into republicans in one go.
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She has been trained to be prepared for that eventuality and would have gone before she left for the 1 - 2 minute drive to church and so wouldn't have that excuse at all.

She snubbed people who had travelled to see her and that is bad PR - those of you who are excusing her breaking a tradition she has followed with no reasonable excuse given aren't looking at this situation realistically - the royal family are celebrities and rely on the good will of the people to continue with their existence. If they lose that goodwill they will lose their position.

The Queen was trained by Queen Mary and she taught her granddaughter that royalty is 'never tired'. The Queen failed in her duty on this occasion - her duty to greet her loyal subjects and may very well have turned some of them into republicans in one go.
But is she really a puppet? We have been given no reason actually why she acted as she did. Do we really have the right to demand that? Well trained or not, she's an elderly lady of 87 years old. Not a fish in a Fishdom3 fishbowl.
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She is a celebrity and when she is in public she is on show and has to perform - she was in public and so had to perform. If she didn't want to do that then she shouldn't have gone out in public. Simple.

It isn't as if they asked much and she has done it every time in the past so she set the precedent and then decided not to do so this year with a pathetic excuse given of 'she was late for lunch on Wednesday so decided not to stay today' - that is just lame.

The BRF have to realise that if they lose the goodwill of the public they lose their jobs and wealth and this is the sort of thing that will lose them the goodwill of the people - the photo of the small boy with his flowers and her turning her back and getting into the car isn't a good look for her, her family or her PR machine and those who excuse that behaviour are doing so through rose-coloured glasses of 'she is an old woman' 'she might have been tired' 'she does it every other time'. Regardless she is the one they wanted to see, was in public and so has to do her duty. If she can't do it then step down and let someone who can do it.
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She is a celebrity and when she is in public she is on show and has to perform - she was in public and so had to perform. If she didn't want to do that then she shouldn't have gone out in public. Simple.

It isn't as if they asked much and she has done it every time in the past so she set the precedent and then decided not to do so this year with a pathetic excuse given of 'she was late for lunch on Wednesday so decided not to stay today' - that is just lame.

The BRF have to realise that if they lose the goodwill of the public they lose their jobs and wealth and this is the sort of thing that will lose them the goodwill of the people - the photo of the small boy with his flowers and her turning her back and getting into the car isn't a good look for her, her family or her PR machine and those who excuse that behaviour are doing so through rose-coloured glasses of 'she is an old woman' 'she might have been tired' 'she does it every other time'. Regardless she is the one they wanted to see, was in public and so has to do her duty. If she can't do it then step down and let someone who can do it.
Thanks.. I do see your explanation as being purely rational but it only makes me realize how much the family in a fishbowl is on demand. We have no clue why HM was abrupt. We only see the poor little boy that was disappointed. Its not like he was actually scheduled to present to the Queen and she said "naff off" or similar. It didn't happen and the media is making a mountain out of a molehill again.
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