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Ninja Nuns?

Ninja Nuns?

The Daily Mail follows up on the final question of THE wedding – who were those women with the gray habits and black tennis shoes or as the British call them “trainers”:

The secret identities of two nuns who took pride of place next to Prince William and his new wife at the Royal Wedding have been unveiled. They were seen by two billion people around the world, looking on demurely as William and Kate listened to prayers during the service. But despite their unassuming appearance, rumours began to surface that one of the women was a secret ‘ninja nun’ intended to protect the Royal couple, after she was pictured wearing black trainers.

Speculation was rife that the taller nun, wearing Reebok Classics with her traditional habit, was on hand to pounce on any intruders. One internet user wrote: ‘I guess they were undercover agents, MI5.’ But today she has been revealed to be Sister Annaliese Brogden – a 52-year-old nun from the Community of the Sisters of the Church.

Her identity was disclosed by her bemused father Geoffrey Brogden who said she always wore trainers – no matter what the occasion. The 80-year-old from Needham Market, Suffolk, said: ‘She has her trainers on most of the time because she finds them the most comfortable things to wear. ‘She has always worn them and I am sure she thought they were the most appropriate thing to wear at the wedding. ‘As she is a nun, she does not like to wear things that are too showy.’ Sister Annaleise CSC who has been a nun for 25 years belongs to an Anglican order of nuns in England, Canada, Australia, and the south Pacific. She and her companion nun – Sister Judith CSC – had prime seats at the wedding as they are both part-time chaplains to the staff at Westminster Abbey. DSCN2962.jpg (photo h/t to Wounded Bird click to enlarge)

Mystery solved.


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John B. Chilton

The mystery for me was always what was their purpose being there? Who they were, or why the shoes didn’t occur to me. The answer to my question: “She and her companion nun – Sister Judith CSC – had prime seats at the wedding as they are both part-time chaplains to the staff at Westminster Abbey.”

Scott Knitter

I doubt most nuns have a closet full of shoes for every occasion, nor a line of credit at Harvey Nichols.

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