Queen Elizabeth's Dressmaker Reportedly Breaks in Her Shoes Before the Royal Wears Them

Angela Kelly, Queen Elizabeth's dressmaker, revealed some fascinating anecdotes from the twenty-five years she spent working for Her Majesty, and yes, Kelly breaks in Her Majesty's shoes before the royal wears them!

In the nearly seven decades of her reign, the 93-year-old monarch has become one of the most recognizable people on the face of the Earth, and Kelly has been by her side for more than a third of her reign. 

Kelly's new book, "The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe," gives it's readers a never before seen side of the Queen. 

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Angela Kelly has worked with The Queen and walked the corridors of the Royal Household for twenty-five years, initially has Her Majesty's Personal Advisor and Curator (The Queen's Jewellery, Insignias and Wardrobe) and In-house Designer. As the first person in history to hold this title, she shares a uniquely close working relationship with The Queen. In The Other Side of the Coin, The Queen has personally given Angela her blessing to share their extraordinary bond with the world. Whether it's preparing for a formal occasion or brightening Her Majesty's day with a playful joke, Angela's priority is to serve and support. Sharing never-before-seen photographs - many from Angela's own private collection - and charming anecdotes of their time spent together, this revealing book provides memorable insights into what it's like to work closely with The Queen, to curate her wardrobe and to discover a true and lasting connection along the way. . . . #angelakelly #thequeen #publication #royal #royalhousehold #hmtq #thequeenswardrobe #photographs #fashion #buckinghampalaceshop #newin #uncover #curator #rct #theothersideofthecoin | www.royalcollectionshop.co.uk

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Kelly, in her job role of Her Majesty’s trusted confidant and Dresser, is one of the few people in the world who has walked in Queen Elizabeth's shoes, quite literally, as Kelly described in an excerpt by "Hello!"

"As has been reported a lot in the press, a flunky wears in Her Majesty’s shoes to ensure that they are comfortable and that she is always good to go. And yes, I am that flunky"

According to Kelly, the queen has very little time to herself, and that time could certainly be spent doing better things than breaking in her new shoes, so Kelly does it for her as they share the same shoe size.


The breaking-in of the new shoes was not the only inside scoop from the Buckingham Palace that the senior dresser addressed in her memoir. 

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Wishing all our Canadian followers a very happy Canada Day #CanadaDay As Queen of Canada, Her Majesty has a deeply held affection for and loyalty to a country that she first toured as Princess Elizabeth in 1951 and to which she has returned over twenty times since. Members of the Royal Family also represent Her Majesty The Queen when they visit Canada. Swipe to see photographs of The Royal Family in Canada. The Queen is a constitutional monarch, acting entirely on the advice of Canadian Government ministers. Her Majesty is represented in Canada on a day-to-day basis by a Governor General at the federal level and by a Lieutenant Governor in each of the ten provinces, and is fully briefed by means of regular communications from her ministers, and has face-to-face audiences with them where possible. . . . #canada #canadaday #royalgiftshop #thequeen #hermajestythequeen #royalcollectionshop

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In the book, Kelly revealed that the monarch almost always applies her own make-up. It is only on the annual televised Christmas speech that Her Majesty has a professional make-up artist over for her makeover. 

It was a piece of unexpected news, to say the least, that being the Queen of England, she does not have someone constantly looking after her makeup. 

Queen Elizabeth II at the state banquet in her honour at Schloss Bellevue palace on the second of the royal couple's four-day visit to Germany on June 24, 2015 | Source: Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II at the state banquet in her honour at Schloss Bellevue palace on the second of the royal couple's four-day visit to Germany on June 24, 2015 | Source: Getty Images


Also, the working formalities for the employees of the royal family are apparently not as strict as one might expect, as Kelly also recalled a prank she pulled on the queen for the April Fools day of 2006.

During their visit to Australia, Kelly placed a toy kookaburra on the balcony right outside of the Queen's room and pretended it had died. The queen retorted with a joking, "You're sacked," response. 

Thankfully, that was just a joke and as the designer proudly shares the stuffed animal is in Windsor Castle placed on the back of the sofa in the Queen's sitting room

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