Angela Kelly was the Queen’s personal dresser and a ‘close confidante’


Angela Kelly has been the Queen’s personal clothier for more than two decades and is known as her “close confidante”.

Kelly held a key role as the Queen’s personal tailor. Her official title was “Her Majesty’s Personal Assistant, Counselor and Curator (Jewels, Insignia and Wardrobe).

In addition to her royal duties, Angela Kelly has been seen accompanying Her Majesty on numerous occasions outside the palace. This included London Fashion Week in 2018, where she sat next to Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

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Who is Angela Kelly?

Mary Angela Kelly is a well-known British fashion designer, seamstress and milliner. She joined as the Queen’s dresser after an interview at Windsor Castle in 1994.

Angela Kelly is reported to have been interviewed by none other than the Queen’s lady-in-waiting, Susan Hussey.

Over the next few decades, she created some of the most remarkable outfits for the royal family. Including (but not limited to) the Queen’s outfit for the wedding of Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton and a replica of the royal christening gown. As well as Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie’s outfits for Zara Phillips’ wedding and more.

Along with her royal job, Kelly also founded the fashion label Kelly & Pordum with Alison Pordum. Alison also worked as the monarch’s own dressmaker until 2008.

A look at Angela Kelly’s honors

As a key staff member of the late monarch, Angela Kelly has won numerous awards over the years. She was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (RCO). Angela was later promoted to lieutenant of the same order (LVO).

She was also awarded the Royal Household Long and Faithful Service Medal in 2014 for her service to the Queen and the Royal Family for over two decades.

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How Angela Kelly Became a Close Confidant of the Queen

According to reports, Angela Kelly was really close to the Queen. She once said in an interview: “I love the Queen and everything related to her.”

She told the Telegraph: “She (the Queen) has allowed me to grow close to her over the years. I would never cross the line and I remain respectful of the Queen.”

According to other reports, the monarch asked Kelly to live near her at Windsor Castle just three months before her death.

Her closeness to the Queen is also reflected in her exclusive rights to a three-book deal where the designer chronicles her life as a royal dressmaker. Two of the books have already been named Dressing the Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe and The other side of the coin: Queen, dresser and cabinetreports the Daily Mail.

Check out her books here.

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