Of modest descent, she has been the model of discretion for a quarter of a century.
Angela Kelly, the daughter of a Liverpool crane operator, has risen through the ranks at Buckingham Palace to become her personal advisor and curator of Her Majesty (The Queen & # 39; s Jewelery, Insignias and Wardrobe) – in other words, the most powerful female figure at the court.
She is known and, if the truth is told, feared – it is not for nothing that Miss Kelly is known throughout the royal house as AK47. Now the queen has her & # 39; gatekeeper & # 39; given her blessing to share details of their relationship in a book The other side of the coin: the queen, the dresser and the wardrobe.
It was published today and is serialized in Hello! magazine this week. From details of the rebellious & # 39; secret wish & # 39; which the queen has kept since she was a young girl, to her love for a bargain, the book is a wealth of warm and insightful anecdotes that shine just enough on the life behind the palace walls.
Cheerful casual: the queen is posing with hands in his pockets
There are pictures from the personal collection of Miss Kelly and Miss Kelly even manages to arrange the occasional score with a few well-chosen words.
& # 39; The queen was always with me, & # 39; says Miss Kelly about the project, while she carries away rumors under the stairs of unrest from fellow royal servants who were expected to remain silent in their grave.
THE SECRET WISH OF THE QUEEN
One of the most photographed women in history, the Queen – known in the industry as & # 39; one-take Liz & # 39; – controls her royal attitude. But according to Miss Kelly, she had always longed to take her portrait in a more casual position, especially with her hands in her pockets.
The Queen Mother and her advisors, however, had prevented this and found it inappropriate.
A few years ago, when she was researching her first book on the queen's wardrobe, Miss Kelly decided that it might be time to make her boss's long-held dream come true and the queen agreed.
Angela Kelly: Modest descent
On the day the photographer, Barry Jeffrey, tried to explain how their shoot would go. In the middle of the air, the queen raised her hand respectfully and said: & # 39; No, Barry, that's how we're going to do it. Let the camera run. & # 39;
Miss Kelly writes: & Her Majesty took her position in front of the lens and started striking a series of poses, putting her hands in and out of her pockets and placing them on her hips, mimicking the look of a professional model. I was full of disbelief, the queen was a natural. & # 39;
Miss Kelly criticizes the Royal Collection, who decided to use only two photos of the shoot in the completed publication, Dressing The Queen. & # 39; Their opinion was that these more candid photos would overturn the monarchy. Why they thought that, I have no idea & # 39 ;, she says.
Despite living in a palace with 775 rooms, the queen, Mrs. Kelly, remains a & # 39; very modest lady & # 39 ;. She hardly uses more than a handful of rooms a day: her bedroom, her private sitting room, her dressing room and bathroom, as well as the Public and Empire rooms to meet dignitaries.
& # 39; These rooms are not large and there is room for very little furniture, only the odd wardrobe or chest of drawers & # 39 ;.
Despite living in a palace with 775 rooms, the queen, Mrs. Kelly, remains a & # 39; very modest lady & # 39;
Miss Kelly adds in astonishment that she is surprised at how many former staff members share details about these private rooms as few have seen.
& # 39; The only gentlemen I have ever known to enter these rooms are the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the royal family, because the privacy of the queen is the absolute priority among her personal staff & # 39 ;, she writes. & # 39; There will always be people who will say anything for attention. & # 39;
BRAINS OF THE BOX
Gin and water are useful to give the royal diamonds a little extra sparkle, Miss Kelly reveals.
Similarly, a drop of detergent and water helps to remove hair spray stains.
As for her outfits, the queen finds inspiration in the strangest places. Her Royal Ascot hat for 2017 was adorned with fritillaries from the silk snake of cerise – flowers – which she found in a storage room at Buckingham Palace.
Her 2017 Royal Ascot hat was decorated with ceramic silk snake head fritillaries – flowers – which she found in a Buckingham Palace shed
The queen also has a keen eye for a bargain and Miss Kelly often finds herself spinning around in the & # 39; bargain bucket & # 39; for dust.
It was published today and is serialized in Hello! magazine this week
In Singapore the queen always took a pair or two reasonably priced silk.
A few years ago, Miss Kelly discovered that she could reclaim the purchase tax because the queen was a non-resident. The process took so long that she almost missed the plane. & # 39; The look on the queen's face was priceless when I handed her the tax refund & she said.
After impressing the queen during a state visit to Berlin in 1992 when she worked as a housekeeper for the British ambassador, Mrs. Kelly was chased two years later.
& # 39; I couldn't help but think about how I ended up there: a divorced single mother of modest beginnings in Liverpool was on her way to apply for a position with Her Majesty the Queen &, she writes. Miss Kelly took the courage to ask the queen for a lesson from the elocution.
In a Pygmalion-style scene, the queen asked her the word & # 39; furious & # 39; to pronounce. It took her several attempts. & # 39; I finally cracked it and Her Majesty shouted: & # 39; Yes! & # 39; And that was it – my only lesson in the elections, and from the queen herself. & # 39;
In a Pygmalion-style scene, the queen asked her the word & # 39; furious & # 39; to pronounce. It took her several attempts
IF THE SHOE FITS …
Miss Kelly confirms that she is the mysterious & # 39; flunky & # 39; is the one who wears in the queen's shoes to ensure that they are comfortable. She and her employer share the same shoe size, reportedly a small size four.
THAT EU HAT
In 2017, the queen wore a blue hat embroidered with five yellow flowers in front of the Parliament's opening ceremony, which led to a debate about whether she was opposed to Brexit.
Miss Kelly reveals: & # 39; It never occurred to Stella (the Queen's Miller) and to me that people might have thought we were copying the EU flag. & # 39; It was coincidence, but, boy, it caught a lot of attention and it certainly made us smile. & # 39;
The Other Side Of The Coin by Angela Kelly (£ 20, HarperCollins) is available today. Extracts appear in Hello this week! magazine, now for sale.
In 2017, the queen wore a blue hat embroidered with five yellow flowers in front of the Parliament's opening of the Parliament, sparking a debate about whether she was opposed to Brexit
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