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The Queen’s seven secrets, including an improper photo, have been revealed by a top adviser, and what she will divulge next is unknown

The Queen’s seven secrets, including an improper photo, have been revealed by a top adviser, and what she will divulge next is unknown

Angela Kelly, the Queen’s right-hand lady, appears to be the most trusted of the Queen’s closest advisers.

She has been the monarch’s personal advisor and senior dresser for for 30 years, working closely with her every day.

The two women appear to know each other thoroughly and out and apparently like nothing more than catching up over a cup of tea.

Angela received “exceptional authorization” from her employer in 2019 to publish The Other Side of the Coin, a book that included never-before-seen behind-the-scenes images and intimate information about life at Buckingham Palace.

It was also revealed yesterday that an updated edition of the book would be launched next month to coincide with Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee festivities.

Angela revealed various mysteries about the Queen and what life is like behind royal walls in the first book. Here, we look at some of these, as well as what she will share in the revised edition of the book…

Trick for shoes

Angela detailed in her book numerous helpful ideas and tactics she utilises while caring after Her Majesty’s garments, accessories, and jewellery as the staff member in care of the Queen’s wardrobe.

Prior to the publication of the book, it had long been claimed that Her Majesty hires an aide to fill her shoes.

“The Queen has very little time to herself and not time to wear in her own shoes,” she says, “and because we share the same shoe size, it makes the most sense this way.”

The Queen typically wears black low heeled shoes by Anello & Davide, which she reputedly refers to as her “business shoes.”

Love of make up

Another secret revealed by Angela is that the Queen is an expert at applying make-up.

In fact, she discloses how the monarch does her own make-up almost every day, with the exception of the day her Christmas message is taped.

“You might be astonished to learn that this is the one time during the year when Her Majesty does not do her own make-up,” Angela says.

Instead, she enlists the help of TV make-up artist Marilyn Widdess.

Queen asked for line in James Bond sketch

When London hosted the Olympics in 2012, one of the highlights of the opening ceremony was the Queen’s skit with Daniel Craig’s portrayal of James Bond.

Angela recalls being given the script for the skit by film director Danny Boyle, who had been charged with creating a magnificent ceremony to kick off the 2012 Games.

She also stated that Her Majesty was eager for a speaking role during her cameo appearance with 007 in order to celebrate all things British.

“There are few occasions on which Her Majesty will agree to break protocol, but in 2011 when film director Danny Boyle approached the Royal Household, he had a request to make that we simply could not refuse,” Angela writes in her book.

“She was very amused by the idea and agreed immediately. I asked then if she would like a speaking part. Without hesitation, Her Majesty replied: ‘Of course I must say something. After all, he is coming to rescue me’.”

Ms Kelly said she asked the Queen if she would like to say: “Good evening, James”, or “Good evening, Mr Bond”, with the monarch choosing the latter.

She said: “Within minutes, I was back in Edward’s office delivering the good news to Danny – I think he almost fell off his chair when I said that the Queen’s only stipulation was that she could deliver that iconic line: ‘Good evening, Mr Bond’.”

Inappropriate photo

Since her accession to the throne in 1952, the Queen has posed for hundreds of photographs.

But, according to Angela, there was one posture in which she had always wished to have a photograph made but was never permitted.

She disclosed in her book that Her Majesty wanted a photograph shot in a more casual attitude, such as with her hands in her pockets, but the Queen Mother and Queen Counselors had always told her not to because it was “not fit for the public view.”

But Angela, who had known about the Queen’s “secret wish” for years, had a brilliant plan to make it come true.

“I thought whether I could have a beautiful opportunity to make the Queen’s dream come true,” she adds.

She asked the Queen anxiously if she might “do her a favour” and pose with her hands in her pockets for a photograph in the book.

“The Queen looked at me in wonder when I inquired whether she recognised the ramifications of the images,” Angela recalled.

“She didn’t take long to respond: yes, she’d do it, and yes, she was certain.”

Christening gown trick

Angela has been in charge of things worn by numerous members of the Royal Family as well as the Queen’s attire, which she has even designed herself.

From 1841 through 2004, every royal newborns wore a christening gown fashioned of Honiton lace for Queen Victoria’s children.

However, because the gown had become worn, the Queen commissioned Angela to produce a copy for future usage.

So, how did she nail the colour of the gown? Tea from Yorkshire.

Angela noted in her book, “Together, we selected lace to compliment that created in Italy, and to ensure it looked real, we dyed it in Yorkshire tea” (the strongest, as we all know).

“We put each piece of lace in a tiny bowl from the Dressers’ kitchen, filled it with cool water and a tea bag, and left it for approximately five minutes, examining it constantly until the colour was just right.”

The garment has since been worn by Prince George, Princess Charlotte, Prince Harry, and Meghan Markle’s son Archie.

Cruel prank

Angela not only shared tactics and insights, but she also revealed her strong relationship with her employer and how they have a similar sense of humour.

During their Royal Tour to Australia in 2006, the Queen was keen to see a kookaburra bird, according to Angela.

She couldn’t find one, so when Angela found a lovely toy version at a market in Sydney while her employer was at an engagement, she decided to purchase it for her.

But instead of just handing it to her, she decided to have some fun with it first.

When she returned to Governor’s House, where they were all staying, she placed the toy in a little cage outside her room on the balcony.

When the Queen returned, Angela informed her that she had seen a “strange looking grey bird” through the glass.

“The Queen peered out the window and exclaimed, ‘It’s a kookaburra!’ When I started to unlock the cage doors, she yelled angrily, ‘No! Don’t do it! ‘It’ll fly away!’ It was gone in the blink of an eye.

“Turning to her Majesty, I gravely told her it was dead while attempting to keep a straight face.”

The Queen appeared “terrified” until Angela approached her with outstretched arms and said, “April Fool.”

“She simply had two words for me: “You’re fired.” I couldn’t stop giggling as Her Majesty turned to His Royal Highness and asked “Do you realise what she just did to me? Angela has snagged me! “..

The Queen brought the small toy with her to Windsor Castle, where it now sits on the back of the sofa in her private living room.

Former US First Lady Michelle Obama disobeyed the so-called no contact rule in 2009 when she seemed to put her arm around the Queen, which royal experts described as a “amazing” gesture.

Her Majesty, on the other hand, liked the poignant moment with Mrs Obama, according to Angela.

“Much has been made of Michelle and Her Majesty’s encounter when an instant and genuine affection was communicated between these two great women, and formality was abandoned as they stood together with their arms around each other’s backs,” she wrote in her book.

“In actuality, it was the Queen’s natural impulse to show compassion and respect for another wonderful lady, and there is no procedure that must be followed.”

“When affection is felt, or the host of a State Visit goes to aid her Majesty up some steps, it genuinely is about human decency, and this is something the Queen will always gladly embrace.”

New secrets

When Angela’s book is revised and released next month, it will include a new chapter covering the previous two years.

So, what can we expect?

According to Harper Collins, Angela will discuss the royal household’s seclusion during the Covid-19 lockdown at Windsor Castle, which saw her take up new responsibilities like as cutting and setting the Queen’s hair.

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