Angela Kelly, 51, claims she has to ‘physically lock away’ Her Majesty’s chosen ensemble in her bedroom to avoid the secret getting out as punters bet hundr of thousands on what colour she’ll wear to the racecourse.
In her new book The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, which is out on October 29, Angela – who started in the Royal Household in 1994 as assistant dresser – revealed they even go so far as to plant ‘decoys.’
Her Majesty’s assistant dresser, Angela Kelly, 51, has revealed she plants ‘decoys’ when it comes to the Queen’s Royal Ascot outfits to prevent word getting out on what colour she’ll wear. Pictured, the Monarch during day five of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday June 22, 2019
To keep the secret under wraps, Angela and the Queen prepare her ensembles one week before the event, before they’re then placed in hanging bags and hat boxes in her room at Windsor Castle.
And to be extra sure that the chosen outfit isn’t leaked ahead of time, Angela told of another strategy used to throw staff off the scent.
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‘At least three hats are left out on display in the workroom which can be seen by any staff who walk along the corridor,’ the paper reports.
‘These hats have nothing to with Ascot; they are simply put out as decoys to stop an inside job at the bookies.’
Her Majesty enters the winners enclosure and presents the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes Trophy at the QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire on 20 October 2018
The book will contain never-before-seen photos of the head of state from her private collection.
We discuss clothes, make-up, jewellery.’
Queen Elizabeth II sits with Anna Wintour (third right) and Caroline Rush, chief executive of the British Fashion Council (BFC) (left) and royal dressmaker Angela Kelly (second right), as they view Richard Quinn’s runway show at London Fashion Week’s on 20 February 2018
The Monarch arrives with the Royal Procession on the second day of Royal Ascot at Ascot Racecourse on June 21, 2017
‘Whether it’s preparing for a formal occasion or brightening Her Majesty’s day with a playful joke, Angela’s priority is to serve and support.
‘Sharing never-before-seen photographs – many from Angela’s own private collection – and charming anecdotes of their time spent together, this revealing book provides memorable insights into what it’s like to work closely with The Queen, to curate her wardrobe and to discover a true and lasting connection along the way.’
Samantha Cohen, who was assistant private secretary to the Queen for seven years and is the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s outgoing private secretary, said: ‘This book documents the unique working relationship between Her Majesty The Queen and the woman who has been her personal adviser and senior dresser for more than two decades: Angela Kelly.
‘It gives a rare glimpse into the demands of the job of supporting the monarch, and we gain privileged insight into a successful working relationship, characterised by humour, creativity, hard work, and a mutual commitment to service and duty.’