The Queen’s dresser Angela Kelly has to ‘break in’ all of the Queen’s shoes

The official birthday of the British Sovereign, The Trooping of the Colour, London, UK.

Queen Elizabeth’s dresser Angela Kelly has written a book called The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe. So if you’re seeing a lot of cloying headlines about the Queen being a cute and sweet old lady this week, that’s why – there are tons of stories from Kelly’s book out there right now. Just remember that Her Maj also went along with Boris Johnson’s fascistic plan to shut down Parliament AND she’s still protecting her rapist son Prince Andrew. Just an FYI. Anyway, stories about the Queen being… a regular old person or something.

That time the Queen & Michelle Obama put their arms around each other: “There are certain things that are understood to be accepted protocol when it comes to interacting with Her Majesty. Supposedly, you should never put your arm around the Queen, for example, but when human instincts kick in, sometimes this is absolutely the appropriate thing to do. The Queen has the ability to make everyone feel so relaxed that sometimes it feels instinctive to be tactile with her, just as Michelle Obama demonstrated during the State Visit with her husband, President Obama, in 2009.”

Angela Kelly breaks in the Queen’s shoes: “As has been reported a lot in the press, a flunky wears in Her Majesty’s shoes to ensure that they are comfortable and that she is always good to go. And yes, I am that flunky. The Queen has very little time to herself and not time to wear in her own shoes, and as we share the same shoe size it makes the most sense this way.”

Doing the bit with James Bond for the London Olympics: “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. 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.’”

On the Queen’s “EU Flag Hat”: “I already had in stock some material suitable for Her Majesty’s outfit, so after I’d checked the background against which The Queen would be sitting – to be sure that the colours wouldn’t clash – I made the design and passed it, with my instructions, to the in-house dressmaker. Then the milliner, Stella, and I sat down with a cup of tea to discuss the design of the hat…. We chose a large square crown to balance the brim and five flowers, made from feathers with tiny seed pearls, painted yellow. It never occurred to Stella and me that people might think we were copying the European Union flag. The press and the rest of the media were quick to assume that was the case…. It was a coincidence but, boy, did it attract a lot of attention, and it certainly made us smile.”

[From Hello Magazine]

I wish someone would break in my shoes for me. Instead, I have to get blisters and walk funny whenever I’m breaking in a new pair of sneakers. Ugh. I also don’t think Angela Kelly did the “EU Hat” thing on purpose to mimic the EU flag. There wouldn’t be a political point to doing it on purpose, especially if – as has been widely assumed this whole time – the Queen was always pro-Brexit. Look at her words and actions – she cares about her commonwealth, not the European Union.

State Opening of Parliament 2019

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  1. Spicecake38 says:

    I will gladly volunteer to be Meghan’s shoe breaker-inner 😉(especially if I could *borrow* any she may not want anymore)!

  2. JoanCallamezzo says:

    The Queen has the worst shoe game. She’s always in black loafers that ruin her cute old lady outfits.

  3. Mignionette says:

    Another feel good article for Granny after she threw the bi-racial one under the bus.

    Also doesn’t hurt Angela Kelly who is allowed to freely peddle her wares whilst still being a royal household employee.

    • Susannah says:

      I’m just not interested in anything about the Queen anymore.
      I used to respect the Queen for her long service to her country but when she made a point to publically stand by Andrew after all the allegations of child sex trafficking and pedophilia, then allow Meghan to be used as a scapegoat for that pedophile son, I just can’t feel the same way about her now.

      • Mignionette says:

        I am sure Lilibet knows she has suffered a set back of late, cue articles like this. Here’s one thing I realised recently, outside of royal watchers a lot of my office peeps also found that image deeply disturbing,

        There seems to be a collective inertia around Andy. Not even RR’s want to touch him. Its like even broaching the subject is radioactive. If he truly had zero to hide then the RF would not be protecting him and hushing this up. An officer from Scotland Yard would simply come out and let us know their investigations found no links etc. But they CAN’T and there be dragons.

      • My3cents says:

        This. No goodwill left for that awful family.

      • heygingersnaps says:

        Same! I know it’s petty and probably not a big deal to some but come Christmas day, I will not watch the queen’s speech even though it’s tradition in my partner’s family to gather around the telly and listen to her.

      • minx says:

        I’ve soured on her and the whole BRF. All the bowing and scraping and deference and above all, the MONEY that these freeloaders cost. Ridiculous.

      • Gem says:

        Gosh, she will be devastated, Susannah!!!

    • Tourmaline says:

      @Mignionette yes Angela Kelly is in a category of her own altogether allowed to publish and profit from books about the Queen while still working for the Queen. Very interesting indeed.

  4. Christina says:

    I was a fan of the Queen. No longer. Protecting Andrew makes it harder for victims of sexual abuse and violence.

    Another out of touch rich white person who thinks she and her family are better than the rest of us. Andrew needs to be in jail, but she gets to be in her bubble, trying to control the narrative for the rest of us. They are morally dead.

  5. Rhys says:

    Am I the only one that would hate the very idea of stepping into a pair shoes worn by somebody else? Shoes are like lingerie to me – I don’t want to wear anyone else’s. Feet get sweaty, flaky, etc. I’m sure Ms.Kelly has an impeccable pair, but really, this post made me think of why Diana’s friendship with Fergie was over.

    • Ariela says:

      My late mum used to break in new shoes for me when I was a teenager. I miss her terribly, she was so loving. But yes.. nowadays I tend to agree with you!

    • Antonym says:

      I break in my mom’s shoes for her. She saves them for when I visit (sometimes brings them when she’s visiting me). I don’t mind. Somehow it’s become our thing—I break in her shoes and tease her for implying that I have fat feet (I do).

  6. Snappyfish says:

    I would like Daniel Craig to recuse me, anytime.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    How the heck does she not have enough shoes broken in yet?

  8. Rogue says:

    Feels like damage control having some of these stories out especially the one about her dressed in EU colours& it not being a signal after David Cameron spilled the tea on her intervention in the Scottish referendum.

    Funny that this employee is allowed to do a book in service. Didn’t they remove royal warrant from a company that mentioned he bra fittings in a book?

    Would be interesting if an ex staff broke a confidentiality clause to publish royal tea & how BRF would justify enforcing it after this

    • BayTampaBay says:

      I am sure, if the QEII approved this book, she had complete editorial control and final “cut”.

      • Rogue says:

        @bay it was reported that the Queen had given permission for the book& sure palace insisted on oversight.

        I know they’ve had issues with former employees doing books before and I think their RPOs can’t do a Ken Wharfe now so it will be interesting if anybody tried to test their confidentiality clauses after this book.

  9. Candikat says:

    I’ve said this before on here but I really wonder if the Q is compos mentis at this point. She’s 93, it would not be unusual for her to forget things, become easily confused, etc. I’ve never been much of a fan, so I’m not excusing her here so much as wondering if she’s just forgetful and easily misled by Andrew, Charles, William, evil courtiers, etc., etc. in turn.

  10. Harla says:

    I wish she had someone to leak messages of support for the Sussex’s.