King Charles was said to be dismayed to learn that his mother had given her close assistant Angela Kelly permission to write a series of books focusing on her life with the Queen. Royal commentator Richard Kay called Her Majesty’s move “extraordinary” as he analyzed the late Queen’s close relationship with her designer.
In a comment to the Daily Mail, the newspaper’s itinerant editor-in-chief wrote: “Charles was dismayed when Miss Kelly, now a 70-year-old grandmother, was granted extraordinary permission to write a series of books on her life with Quinn, which have been described as providing unique insight into the The “real and lasting relationship” between the two women.
“Although the books were confined to Angela’s field of expertise—that is, the Queen’s wardrobe and clothes—and were largely innocuous, Charles was horrified by some of the unofficial images used to illustrate them, including one on which the Queen was seated on a chaise longue with Raise her feet.
Mr. Kay also cited a source who said the then Prince of Wales’ concerns centered on “protecting the dignity of the Queen and the Crown”.
The insider, who was described as a friend, went on to claim that since the queen’s death the new queen has become “more determined to defend her reputation and legacy”.
Miss Kelly first met the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, in 1992, while the royal couple were on an official visit to Berlin.
At the time, the Liverpool-born was working as a housekeeper for Sir Christopher Mallaby, then Britain’s ambassador to Germany.
Her Majesty’s stay in Berlin created an opportunity to get to know Miss Kelly, who was later contacted and offered a job as a dresser at the palace.
Three years after her appointment, the talented assistant was promoted to senior coordinator.
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The close relationship she had with the Queen was exemplified in 2001, when the late King made Miss Kelly her first-ever personal assistant.
As the Queen’s costume designer, Miss Kelly was responsible for, among other things, procuring what the late ruler needed for her clothes and designing some of them.
In her second book, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Wardrobe and the Wardrobe, Miss Kelly shares some anecdotes including how she replicated the Honiton lace gown that company members have used for decades for royal christenings.
In the same book published in 2019, Miss Kelly added that she also broke the Queen’s new shoes to make sure the late King was always as comfortable as possible.
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In an updated edition of the book released in May, the royal also revealed that she had become the Queen’s hairdresser during the coronavirus-related lockdowns.
Miss Kelly’s first book, Dressing The Queen, was released in 2012.
She focused on Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee wardrobe.
Her Majesty’s assistant rarely gave interviews, out of respect for the Queen’s privacy.
However, she once gave a glimpse of her conversations with the late head of state saying, “We are two typical women. We discuss clothes, makeup and jewelry.”
Miss Kelly was one of the loyal members of the Queen’s crew who was at Balmoral Castle in her final days before her death on September 8.
The Queen is said to have thought about Miss Kelly’s future after the end of her reign, as she is understood to have allowed her stylist to remain for life in her Windsor home.
On Monday, Miss Kelly attended the state funeral at Westminster Abbey, seated alongside two of the Queen’s other close aides – Paul Wibrough, nicknamed Tal Paul, and Barry Mitford.
The former served as the Queen’s back-floor page for decades and even appeared in a 2012 skit that Her Majesty filmed with Daniel Craig at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics.
In 1982, he was one of the first people to offer support to the Queen after Michael Fagan entered her bedroom without raising security.
On the other hand, Mitford was the late governor’s sergeant at Arms.