Queen Elizabeth II’s closest aide Angela Kelly—nicknamed “AK47” and “Queen’s gatekeeper” by the press—has revealed that during the coronavirus lockdown, she learned to cut and style the monarch’s iconic hairdo. She details the experience in an updated edition of her bestselling book The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the WardrobeIts publishers have announced.
Kelly has worked for the Queen for more than twenty years and has become her closest ally. She helps him get dressed, manages his extensive collection of jewelry and looks after the 95-year-old emperor’s personal needs.
The Queen moved from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle with a small number of staff closest to her during the coronavirus pandemic – and husband Prince Philip – to form a COVID-safe “bubble” around the non-politician monarch. Kelly was the head of this select group, which resulted in a number of new duties.
In a revision of her 2019 book detailing her relationship with the Queen, to be released later this year, Kelly will detail what it was like to spend lockdown with the world’s most famous woman.
A press release issued by Kelly’s publisher Harper & Collins said an additional chapter “will cover the isolation of the royal household during lockdown at Windsor Castle; Angela supports the Queen in new ways, such as her hair.” Cutting and setting; the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral; the first public event since lockdown and a look at the Jubilee celebrations in June.”
The Queen’s hairstyle was a new responsibility for Kelly as it has become an important part of the monarch’s instantly recognizable image and is said to have changed only three times since becoming queen 70 years ago this year .
The Queen’s usual hairdresser is Ian Carmichael, but since he was not included in the Windsor COVD-safe staff group called “HMS Bubble” by the press, it was left to Kelly to retain the image of her royal boss.
Kelly’s publisher Katya Shipster said the book would “update the unprecedented events of the past two years.”
“It tells at length the story of the Royal Bubble, as well as Angela and the royal family, to ensure the safety of our monarch,” Shipster said. There’s no better look at what’s going on behind the pomp and circumstance.”
In recognition of her decades of service, the Queen granted Kelly the official title of Her Majesty’s Personal Advisor and Curator (The Queen’s Jewellery, Insignias and Wardrobe). She not only dresses the queen: she has also been designing costumes for the emperor during her years of service.
Kelly holds a unique position within the royal household due to her closeness to the Queen and the publication of two books about the Queen and her wardrobe has given her rare royal approval. Members of the royal family are understood to have signed strict confidentiality agreements that prohibit such projects without the monarch’s explicit permission.
Kelly’s first book Dressing the Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe was published in 2012 and features exclusive photos of the emperor’s wardrobe, from his jewelry to clothes. a second and far more intimate lesson, the other side of the coin, was released in 2019 and featured not only intimate photos of the Queen, but also tales of Kelly’s relationship with her boss. One of these anecdotes tells that Kelly breaks into Emperor’s shoes for her before public events because they wear the same size clothes.
As the 95-year-old Queen has faced a series of health scares and mobility issues since the start of the pandemic, it is understood that Kelly has become even more indispensable to the running of the royal household and has made the list. Has undertaken projects for Rani’s extensive collection of clothing and jewellery.