Queen Elizabeth’s Dresser Angela Kelly Reportedly Reveals the Monarch Will No Longer Wear Real Fur
Queen Elizabeth is changing with the times and stepping away from the use of real fur as the monarch's personal assistant and senior dresser, Angela Kelly disclosed the news in her book, "The Other Side Of The Coin."
According to Angela, the Queen will from "2019 onwards," have new outfits feature fake fur instead of the real thing, and Buckingham Palace reportedly confirmed the news as they added, "As new outfits are designed for the Queen, any fur used will be fake."
Queen Elizabeth II during a visit to the Chapel to view the restoration and meet local people involved with the project at the Royal Dockyard Chapel on April 29, 2014, in Pembroke Dock, United Kingdom. | Source: Getty Images.
Whether Queen Elizabeth will continue wearing her current collection of fur coats, is unclear, and so is the ruling on her historic ermine and velvet caped robe of state, which the Queen wears at the State Opening of Parliament.
Nonetheless, animal activist groups such a PETA raised "a glass of gin and Dubonnet" after hearing the news. The UK became the first country in the world to outlaw fur farming in 2000, and the organization believes it will cause the British public to follow suit.
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Charles, Prince of Wales during the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on October 14, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images.
Having donned several fur-featuring accessories over the years, like her fox-fur hat, and the brown fur coat she wore to the 2015 Christmas Day service, the Queen's Guard also still have fur featuring caps.
PETA urged the Queen to extend her fake fur use by replacing all fur-based accessories with their specially developed fake variety.
"We respectfully urge Her Majesty to complete the policy by ordering that the fur be replaced by the humane, luxurious faux bearskin that PETA has helped develop alongside faux-furrier Ecopel and designer Stella McCartney," they said.
Queen Elizabeth II looks up at the statue of her mother as she attends the unveiling of a new statue of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on the Mall on February 24, 2009, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images.
Other animal rights groups like Animal Aid and Humane Society, which runs #FurFreeBritain, responded positively to the news as well.
"Queen Elizabeth's decision to "go faux" is the perfect reflection of the mood of the British public, the vast majority of whom detest cruel fur and want nothing to do with it," the Humane Society said in a statement. "Our Head of State going fur-free sends a powerful message that fur is firmly out of fashion and does not belong with Brand Britain."
Queen Elizabeth II (L) arrives with David Cholmondeley, Marquess of Cholmondeley, (2L) to attend the State Opening of Parliament at the Palace of Westminster on October 14, 2019, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images.
In her book, Kelly also revealed a "secret wish" the Queen had harbored for quite some time. She wanted to be photographed informally, but the Queen's aids thought it inappropriate, so it never happened until one day.
While meeting photographer Barry Jeffery for a photoshoot, he mistakingly thought he had the poses all planned out when the Queen stopped him dead in his tracks.
"No Barry, this is how we're going to do it," Angela recalled the Queen's words. "Just keep the camera rolling. And we were off. Her Majesty took her position in front of the lens and started striking a series of poses, slipping her hands in and out of her pockets and placing them onto her hips, mimicking the stances of a professional model.”
A parade by the Grenadier Guards at Windsor Castle on March 22, 2019, in Windsor, England. | Source: Getty Images.
The pictures never got published, because they were deemed unsuitable for the public eye due to their informal and candid nature.
Other tidbits Angela divulged about life behind palace doors also include an unusual tradition when it comes to royal Christening gowns.
According to the Queen's senior dresser, a hand-dying technique using tea bags are used to get the exact shade of off-white to create an authentic look.