The longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II passed away on September 8, 2022 at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland and not a day has gone by since then, when she is not written about or remembered. While the world is mourning with the people of Great Britain, the personal staff of the Queen has not been able to come to terms with the loss, especially her dresser.
Mary Angela Kelly, a British fashion designer, dressmaker, and milliner, served as Personal Assistant and Senior Dresser to Queen Elizabeth II since 2002. Her official title was that of a Personal Assistant, Adviser and Curator to Her Majesty The Queen and she took care of her majesty’s jewellery, insignias and wardrobe).
According to Elle.com, Kelly recently revealed details about a special moment she shared with the late monarch. Longtime dresser of Queen Elizabeth II, Angela Kelly, yesterday revealed details about a special moment she shared with the late monarch.
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“Many years ago, Her Majesty disclosed something to me — a secret wish that she’d held since she was young. Throughout The Queen’s time on the throne, she has been photographed in countless formal ways. “However, for a long time, Her Majesty wanted to be photographed more informally and have the freedom, for example, to pose with her hands in her pockets,” Kelly was quoted as saying.
As per Kelly, back then, photographer Barry Jeffery was tasked with the job, but Queen Elizabeth cut him off when he started to explain how the shoot would work.
“‘No Barry, this is how we’re going to do it,’ she said. ‘Just keep the camera rolling.’ And we were off.” Her Majesty took her position in front of the lens and started striking a series of poses, slipping her hands in and out of her pockets and placing them onto her hips,
mimicking the stances of a professional model,” Kelly recalled, adding that she was a “natural.”
And the result was a series of pictures, showcasing the Queen smiling ear-to-ear, were not immediately released, as suggested by members of the Royal Collection. following advice from members of the Royal Collection.
“Their opinion was that these more candid photographs would bring the monarchy down and therefore they were not suitable for the public eye,” Kelly was quoted as saying.
“Why they thought that, I have no idea,” she added.