Inside ‘HMS Bubble’: The Queen gives her trusted stylist to reveal how she coped with Prince Philip’s death and the stress of the pandemic at Windsor in new book
The Queen has given the green light to a book by her trusted stylist that will delve into how Her Majesty coped with Prince Philip’s death and the coronavirus lockdowns.
Angela Kelly has spent almost 30 years as the Queen’s stylist and trusted advisor and was among the inner circle who spent much of lockdown with Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, in what became known as HMS Bubble.
The right-hand woman of the Queen is set to reveal details of how the royal household helped support Her Majesty safe during lockdown in a revised edition of her book.
In a new edition of The Other Side Of The Coin: The Queen, The Dresser And The Wardrobe, which has been approved by Her Majesty, Kelly will offer her personal account of how the Queen weathered the troubles of the pandemic and coped with the Duke of Edinburgh‘s funeral.
The Queen’s right-hand woman is set to reveal new details of how the royal household helped support Her Majesty safe during lockdown in a revised edition of her book that was approved by the monarch. Pictured: The Queen addressing the nation in April 2020, just a few weeks into the Government lockdown
Angela Kelly, pictured, who has spent almost 30 years as the Queen’s stylist and trusted advisor, was among the inner circle who spent much of lockdown with Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh at Windsor Castle, in what became known as HMS Bubble
In one of the light-hearted anecdotes, she reveals she was called upon to cut the Queen’s hair when usual protocol could not be followed.
‘It tells the story of the royal bubble as well as the lengths Angela and the royal household went to, to ensure the safety of the monarch,’ explained Katya Shipster, publishing director of Harper Non-Fiction.
The Queen and three-times-divorced Miss Kelly – a Roman Catholic crane driver’s daughter from Liverpool – have spent the past 20 years forging an intriguingly close relationship.
The dresser’s influence now extends to the younger Royals – with Prince George christened in a lengthy robe made by Miss Kelly, who learnt sewing from her mother and aunt.
Angela details the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral and secrets of the Queen’s attire in her eye-opening revised book
She is so close to the Monarch that she has written two books with the Queen’s approval and lives in a grace-and-favour home in the grounds of Windsor Castle. The Queen has been spotted ‘nipping in for tea’.
Ms Kelly rarely gives interviews but she once disclosed: ‘We are two typical women. We discuss clothes, make-up, jewellery.’
Kelly was given the Queen’s blessing to publish the first edition of The Other Side Of The Coin: The Queen, The Dresser And The Wardrobe in 2019.
This revised edition, which will be released ahead of the Platinum Jubilee, includes a new chapter that also covers the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral, the first public engagements post-lockdown and looks ahead to the celebrations in June.
The title, published on May 12 by HarperCollins, reveals some of the behind-the-scenes tricks used for the monarch’s attire.
She sews in extra layers of lining to cushion the impact of beading and crystals on the Queen’s back when events require glamorous gowns.
Tiny weights are also put into day-wear hemlines in case of windy weather and fabrics that crumple or could potentially develop messy loose strands are avoided.
Ms Kelly, who has the same size feet as the Queen, wears in the monarch’s handmade new shoes to ensure they are comfortable when first used.