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Old 12-28-2013, 07:18 PM
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Yes I have visited it - as can anyone who visits the estate when the big house is open to the public.

I would say it is a normal sized country parish church, comparable to others I have visited, or attended services in, in rural England.
So it seats 100 or less? Sorry to be stupid, but I forgot to look inside rural English churches.
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:25 PM
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About 100 - 150 I would say - maybe 200.

Rural villages have quite large churches, even for small communities because the size of the church was a reflection of the attitude of the people towards God and the buildings were, and even later ones than the medieval ones, were built more to the glory of God than to the necessity of the local community per se.
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:25 PM
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If you imagine a standard oblong church with altar, then the main body of the church with aisle and pews either side - this will hold about 100. Quite a number of churches extended the main body of the church at the sides and this could add another 50-70 places.

In some of the large parishes churches which can be found in Norfolk and the Fen country, they had choir stalls/balcony above the nave of the church - for said choir or servants. Additional capacity of maybe 30. St Mary Magdelene's doesnt have this
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Old 12-29-2013, 07:58 AM
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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
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:40 AM
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Sophie's hat is awesome. Lovely to see Louise again. :)
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:19 AM
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I didn't realize that The Royal Family were still at Sandringham - I thought they only stayed there until Boxing Day, but that was probably just my assumption. Do we know if they're staying there until New Year's Eve/Day or not?

Those were nice photos, thanks for posting dbarn67. I recognize Louise's coat, I think she last wore it at the Christmas Ascot last year.

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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
This could be the wrong answer, but Catherine probably had her own flowers to collect; in the video HM is collecting her own flowers. (By the way, thanks for posting the video, it's nice to see that Catherine let Margarita and Louise [who were her bridesmaids in 2011] help her with the flowers.)
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:24 AM
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In the CoE Confirmation is usually around 14 - 15 with First Communion shortly after that although some individual churches or jurisdictions do allow an unconfirmed person to take communion.

For example - my school, which is CoE, runs Confirmation classes as part of the Christian Studies course for Year 8 students (ages 13 - 14) with Confirmation late in the year, when most are 14 although many wait another year or so after the classes to actually make the public commitment. First Communion is then taken the following Sunday morning after the Confirmation Service. The school I went to as a child did something similar - but as a boarding school we would have Confirmation on the Saturday night and then First Communion on the Sunday morning before going out for the day with our parents to celebrate the occasion.

Prince William, for instance, was confirmed in 1997. They had a private service for him at St Georges while Harry was confirmed with his Eton classmates in 2000. William was about 15 and Harry nearer 16 when confirmed.
That is interesting. In our church (catholic) First Confession is 2nd grade--about age 7 and first Communion is either later that year or the following year ( age 8-9). Confirmation is about the same age at COE (13-14).
We have always brought the kids to church but some services we spent more time outside than in. It was nice when we had a children's liturgy.

I think bringing your child to services depends on the child and on the service (like we never brought them to midnight Mass)
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Old 12-29-2013, 10:02 AM
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The Royal Family at Sandringham - Christmas Day 2013:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=m_RGZppFd9E

Very nice pictures of the royals at church today. I'm wondering if Louise should be wearing some warmer footwear?
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:14 AM
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Hereditary Princess The Queen and Prince Philip are at Sandringham until 6th February.Visitors come and go but I expect the Princess Royal to be at Gatcombe early in the new year as Zara is due to give birth.

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She's wearing thick tights - maybe that's enough.
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Old 12-29-2013, 11:23 AM
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Hereditary Princess The Queen and Prince Philip are at Sandringham until 6th February.Visitors come and go but I expect the Princess Royal to be at Gatcombe early in the new year as Zara is due to give birth.
Thank you cepe. I didn't know they stayed there for that long.
I agree with you regarding Anne and her family.
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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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Old 12-29-2013, 01:22 PM
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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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Old 12-29-2013, 02:59 PM
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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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Old 12-29-2013, 03:27 PM
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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, 03:53 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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Old 12-29-2013, 05:43 PM
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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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