The Queen’s dressmaker, Angela Kelly, has published a new book, The Other Side of the Coin, the Queen, the dresser, and the Wardrobe. Excerpts from the book have been published in HELLO! and making headlines today is the story Angela shares about doing a photoshoot with the Queen a few years ago and suggesting to Her Majesty that she put her hands in her pockets – the Queen had wanted to pose in a more relaxed way for years and agreed to do it.
Even the Queen likes a good dress with pockets 👑 pic.twitter.com/jmcrL8yHil— Julia Manchester (@JuliaManch) October 28, 2019
Royal staffers, however, did not approve of the image. Angela explains in her book that:
"Their opinion was that these more candid photographs would bring the monarchy down and therefore they were not suitable for the public eye.”
A picture of the Sovereign with her hands in her pockets would jeopardise the monarchy? I mean, yeah. These are the kind of people in the palace that we’re dealing with here.
It’s not a problem now though. This shot of Her Majesty is being warmly received in the UK. Nobody’s ringing the alarm bells that Angela Kelly has let us see her with her hands in her pockets. And nobody’s about to criticise it either, although last year the Daily Mail had to ring up an etiquette expert so that they could publish an article about how it was low classy for Meghan Markle to have her hands in her pockets during an appearance. I look forward to reading a follow-up from that dude tomorrow about how the Queen shouldn’t have put her hands in her pockets.
Yours in gossip,