This Is the Unconventional Hack Queen Elizabeth Uses to Keep Her Jewels Sparkling
Angela Kelly, Queen Elizabeth's longtime dresser and right-hand woman, offers royal watchers a rare look behind the curtain in her new book, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe.
As others have claimed before her, Kelly writes that despite living in a palace and having her every need met by doting staffers, the Queen is actually a "very modest lady." Even when it comes to her royal jewelry collection, the monarch is apparently unfussy. According to the Daily Mail, Kelly says that to keep her diamonds sparkling, a simple mixture of gin and water is all that's necessary.
The Queen also loves a good deal, Kelly says. The dresser reveals she often shops for fabric in the "bargain bucket" to keep costs reasonable. Kelly recalled picking up some silk in Singapore, and realizing that she could get the tax back, as the Queen wasn't a resident. She almost missed her flight home to go through the process, but it was worth it: the British monarch reportedly relished the experience. "The look on the Queen's face was priceless as I handed her the tax refund," Kelly writes.
The royal dresser also disclosed the Queen's long-held desire to pose with her hands in her pockets. Apparently, the Queen Mother and other royal advisors had prevented her from doing so, feeling that such casualness wouldn't reflect well on the monarchy. A couple of years back, when Kelly was working on another book on the Queen's wardrobe, she used the opportunity to let the Queen finally pose as she wished.
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Kelly recounts the day of the shoot when the photographer was asking the Queen to act a certain way. The monarch decided it wasn't working, and took charge. She told the photographer, "No, Barry, this is how we are going to do it. Just keep the camera rolling."
Queen Elizabeth then proceeded to wow Kelly with her modeling skills. "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 on to her hips, mimicking the stance of a professional model," Kelly writes. "I stood in disbelief, the Queen was a natural."
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