When Queen Elizabeth made her London Fashion Week debut in the front row on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the moment and photos were both amazing. At the event, the Queen was accompanied by her longtime personal assistant, Angela Kelly, who is Elizabeth’s advisor and curator and also handles her jewelry, insignias, and wardrobe. Angela has become something of a right-hand woman to the monarch in recent years.
First employed in 1993, Angela rose through the ranks of the royal household to be the Queen’s first personal assistant. Her job duties include working with Queen Elizabeth on the clothes she wears and advising her on protocol. It might be due to Angela’s advice that the Queen wears bright colors — supposedly so that the Queen is easily spotted in a crowd — and that she is never wrong when it comes to diplomatic dressing. Angela’s talent for dress-making has also come in handy, considering she’s created numerous outfits for the monarch, including her fashion week ensemble.
Angela at a recent royal event. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Angela is also a good problem-solver — she reportedly told Kate Middleton to wear weights in her dress when she suffered a wardrobe malfunction due to the wind in Canada during a past royal tour. In 2007, Kelly spoke to The Telegraph about her close friendship with The Queen. “I love the Queen and everything about her,” she said. “I adore her, but then, so does everyone else.”
“She is not ‘my’ Queen; she is everyone’s, and so I have to share her. Once she has chosen something to wear, I just want her to look good in it. I love seeing the faces of the public when they meet the Queen, and when she gives them that special smile. It makes me feel so proud of her,” Angela continued. “I do worry about her and care about her. But we also have a lot of fun together. The Queen has a wicked sense of humor and is a great mimic. She can do all accents — including mine.”
The pair is thought to have grown closer in 2002, after the deaths of the Queen’s beloved younger sister Princess Margaret and her mother, the Queen Mother. But Angela was quick to dismiss the idea that she’s a “replacement” during the same Telegraph interview. “I am not there to replace her mother and her sister,” she said. “If she wants to talk about matters of the heart, she speaks to her family. It’s just a working relationship — but a close one.”
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This post was written by Rebecca Cope It originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.