London, October 14: The Queen’s trusted dresser and PA Angela Kelly is said to be writing a book on the royal that will likely focus on the monarch’s preference for fuchsia frocks rather than containing royal secrets.
Dressing The Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe has raised a few eyebrows, not least because Angela Kelly seems to have unprecedented permission from Her Majesty to do so.
“Everyone is talking about Angela and her book,” the Daily Express quoted a royal insider as saying.
“No one can comprehend how she’s got away with it,” the insider said.
The fact is, Kelly is not an average royal flunky. The 60-year-old divorcee grandmother is known as one of the Queen’s very closest confidantes.
She sees the Queen every day, travels on official trips with her, is responsible for how the monarch looks on royal duties and organises her private diary.
What’s more – she and the Queen speak about “anything and everything” and Kelly is reputed to give the monarch pieces of celebrity gossip.
“We could be sisters,” the Queen once told her while a friend of the family, Lady Anne Glenconner, once observed that when the two are together “there is lots of laughter”.
In the only interview she has ever given, back in 2007, Kelly herself had said that she “adores” the sovereign.
It has been two decades since the pair met. Kelly, a former member of the Women’s Royal Army Corps, was working as housekeeper to the British ambassador to Germany, Sir Christopher Mallaby, when the Queen and Prince Philip came on an official visit to Berlin in 1992.
The book is to be published in-house by The Royal Collection on November 5. (ANI)