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Warren 05-10-2014 11:50 PM

Angela Kelly: the Queen's Confidante, Curator, Fixer and Minder
 
As the role of Angela Kelly expands and her closeness to HM becomes more apparent, it's timely to give her her own thread.
This has been prompted by the following MailOnline article which, ignoring the great hot water bottle incident of 2014, details the rise and rise of Ms Kelly within the royal hierarchy, the special position she now holds, and the unique relationship that has developed between her and the Queen.


The Queen's missing hot water bottle and why knives are out for her minder | Mail Online
9 May 2014
The Queen's missing hot water bottle and why knives are out for her minder:
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Angela Kelly
Personal Assistant and Senior Dresser to Her Majesty The Queen
Curator to the Queen for Jewellery, Insignia and Wardrobe
Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order
This image forms a heavily cropped portion of a much larger photograph.

Angela Kelly is the Queen’s personal assistant and senior dresser. She also holds the grandiose title Curator to the Queen for ‘Jewellery, Insignia and Wardrobe’. These days, though, she is much more than that.

The close relationship she has developed with the monarch in recent years has now evolved even further, giving her extraordinary influence over who is chosen to work closely with the Queen, and — just as importantly — who is not. ‘Angela’s beady eye is on everything that is done for Her Majesty, making sure everything is perfect,’ says one below-stairs figure.

At 88, the Queen is in remarkably good health but she does like things around her to be settled. ‘Angela sees it as her job to make sure everything runs like clockwork — and that includes the people who take care of Her Majesty,’ says an aide. Together with the Queen’s long-serving page, Paul Whybrew, Ms Kelly is among a handful of domestic staff who have been promoted to the royal household.

Not long ago Mrs Kelly, who has transformed the Queen’s wardrobe to be full of fashionable pastel shades and elegantly cut dresses and skirt suits, gave a rare public insight into her relationship with the Queen. In an unprecedented interview, sanctioned by Buckingham Palace, she said that the two of them discuss ‘anything and everything’. ‘We are two typical women,’ she said. ‘We discuss clothes, make-up and jewellery.’She confided: ‘We have a lot of fun together. The Queen has a wicked sense of humour and is a great mimic. She can do all accents — including mine.’

In the six years since she made those candid remarks, her position as the Queen’s gatekeeper and confidante has only strengthened. Often, when at Windsor, the Queen will say she is going out for a walk. Staff know that this means she will be heading in the direction of Frogmore, where Angela, a mother and grandmother, lives alone in a grace and favour home. ‘They like to chat — and they do it often,’ says a courtier.

Such is the trust the Queen has in her that Angela was even permitted to write a book about her — albeit one that concentrated on her dresses. Profits from the book, Dressing The Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe, went to charity.

To the Queen Angela can do no wrong. No one has forgotten the time when the Queen was trying on some new clothes in front of a mirror and, turning to her dresser, said with a smile: ‘We could be sisters.’ There was more in that comment than the mere fact that they are of similar height and build.

There is a genuine warmth between the two women that has grown into companionship.

‘There is no doubt that the Queen depends on her,’ says the courtier. ‘She likes the fact that Angela irons out problems — and that she’s very good at picking up gossip which HM loves to hear. Angela goes to the odd showbiz party and always reports back what she’s picked up. The Queen loves that. ‘Years ago, Princess Margaret kept her abreast of such things. Now Angela does.’

All in all, it’s a remarkable story for someone who arrived in royal service by chance. In 1992, she was housekeeper to the then British Ambassador to Germany, and a former driver with the Women’s Royal Army Corps. When the Queen and Prince Philip came to stay during an official visit to Berlin, they began chatting to Mrs Kelly, who spoke of her plans to return to Britain. Not long afterwards, she received a call offering her a job at the Palace. She started in 1993. Three years later, she was senior dresser, and in 2001 became the Queen’s first ever personal assistant. Today, the woman who grew up in a council flat and whose father was a gatekeeper and crane driver at Liverpool docks, is solely responsible for how the Queen looks in public, organising her wardrobe and liaising with dressmakers, and also, increasingly, designing her clothes as well. She even made the christening robe used for Prince George’s baptism last year.

For the Queen, Angela is a problem solver.’ So it was to Angela that she dispatched the Duchess of Cambridge ahead of her and William’s hugely successful trip to Australia and New Zealand, to provide her granddaughter-in-law with some jewellery. ‘Angela gave Kate all the right things to wear,’ an aide says. ‘The Queen would have done that herself once, but now she trusts Angela to make the right decisions.

We later heard that Kate had to sign for the jewels she borrowed.’

Friends of the Queen have suggested that Mrs Kelly’s rise coincided with the loss of the two most important women in HM’s life: her mother and sister Margaret. Angela denied this, insisting in her 2007 interview that theirs is ‘just a working relationship — but a close one’.

This year marks Angela Kelly's 21st anniversary working for the Queen. She’s now 61 and fellow staff have been pondering how long she will continue. Perhaps there is a clue in that interview. ‘I hope the Queen and I grow old together,’ she declared.

mslewis 05-11-2014 07:59 PM

Older people become attached to people close to them and they sometimes miss what's going on around them. It's a real shame that the Queen has allowed Angela Kelly to treat people the way she does and make so many of the Queen's long-time employees unhappy. Pretty soon, the only employees the Queen will have will be those Angela Kelly want around. I have a feeling this will not end well. Ms. Kelly sounds like a nasty piece of work.

RoyalDaisy 05-11-2014 08:33 PM

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Originally Posted by mslewis (Post 1664379)
Older people become attached to people close to them and they sometimes miss what's going on around them. It's a real shame that the Queen has allowed Angela Kelly to treat people the way she does and make so many of the Queen's long-time employees unhappy. Pretty soon, the only employees the Queen will have will be those Angela Kelly want around. I have a feeling this will not end well. Ms. Kelly sounds like a nasty piece of work.

Can I just say - for balance sake - that you cannot trust what is written in the Daily Mail. They are partisan and divisive. They like to build someone up and then pull them down.

Richard Kay is particular biased against the Queen and people working in BP

More importantly this is just one side of the story. Dismissing her as "a nasty piece of work" on the basis of this article is unfair as it is based on hearsay.

It is also contradictory that the DM think that the Queen is old/naive enough to be taken in by Ms Kelly but also smart/astute enough to be Monarch.

On a personal basis - I think the article is spiteful and snobbish

HRHHermione 05-11-2014 09:29 PM

Richard Kay is a nasty piece of work.

Baroness of Books 05-11-2014 09:34 PM

Often people who rise up through the ranks to become the head honcho's confidante can spark a lot of envy and jealousy. However, that does sound like an extremely biased article to me and there are always two sides to every story.

MARG 05-11-2014 10:25 PM

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Originally Posted by mslewis (Post 1664379)
Older people become attached to people close to them and they sometimes miss what's going on around them. It's a real shame that the Queen has allowed Angela Kelly to treat people the way she does and make so many of the Queen's long-time employees unhappy. Pretty soon, the only employees the Queen will have will be those Angela Kelly want around. I have a feeling this will not end well. Ms. Kelly sounds like a nasty piece of work.

This on the basis of a Daily Mail hatchet job!

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Originally Posted by HRHHermione (Post 1664397)
Richard Kay is a nasty piece of work.

Good grief, I thought he'd died or retired or something. Alas it seems he is still haunting the rag and has an apprentice who, since he doesn't mind his name on a hatchet job standing boldy beside Richard Kay, I can only imagine that Kay is in ecstacy at having shaped an aspiring mini-me called Geoffrey Levy.

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Originally Posted by Baroness of Books (Post 1664398)
Often people who rise up through the ranks to become the head honcho's confidante can spark a lot of envy and jealousy. However, that does sound like an extremely biased article to me and there are always two sides to every story.

Yes, the truth and the Daily Mail. Unfortunately a lot of people just read the Mail.:bang:

Baroness of Books 05-11-2014 10:44 PM

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Originally Posted by MARG (Post 1664403)
Yes, the truth and the Daily Mail. Unfortunately a lot of people just read the Mail.:bang:

I guess the DM's philosophy is that the truth should never get in the way of a good story. ;) I'll sit this one out, I think.

mslewis 05-14-2014 05:07 PM

I'm not British and I don't read the Daily Mail. But from reading the article re-published here and elsewhere from the Daily Mail, I would think if people who have been with the Queen for many years all of a sudden resign their positions, there must be a good reason and it sounds as if Ms. Kelly is the reason behind these resignations. I have no idea what the truth is and I don't really care. I was just commenting. I have no wish to argue or even discuss the matter since none of this has anything to do with me.

casualfan 05-17-2014 04:15 PM

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Originally Posted by clairegee (Post 1665787)
my mum is the queens milliner and works with Angela


Wow, if she is, and the palace finds out you're posting here, your mum will get fired. So...hoping this isn't true.

Jacknch 05-17-2014 04:45 PM

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Originally Posted by casualfan (Post 1665876)
Wow, if she is, and the palace finds out you're posting here, your mum will get fired. So...hoping this isn't true.

I don't think that would happen, I am sure clairegee's mum is a very discrete person and very professional, so will not talk about her job much even to her daughter.

Ish 05-17-2014 04:50 PM

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Originally Posted by casualfan (Post 1665876)
Wow, if she is, and the palace finds out you're posting here, your mum will get fired. So...hoping this isn't true.


That would probably depend on what claregee says on this site as well as what contracts her mother has signed regarding her job.

If she's not posting private information regarding the Queen or her family or attacking them in some way (neither of which she's done) and the contract that her mother has signed doesn't include a stipulation saying that she and her family cannot participate on royalty related forums or discuss the family in any form then there's no grounds for her mother to be fired.

ROYAL NORWAY 05-17-2014 04:53 PM

She would not lose her job.

RoyalDaisy 05-17-2014 05:13 PM

clairegee's post has been deleted.

HRHHermione 05-17-2014 05:17 PM

Rather unfortunate that she was made to feel unwelcome over such an innocuous post.

ROYAL NORWAY 05-17-2014 05:26 PM

Why was the post deleted.

Ish 05-17-2014 05:28 PM

My guess would be that she deleted it or had the mods delete it out of fear for her mother's job.

clairegee 05-17-2014 05:58 PM

hi i thought id delete as i know mums sworn to secrecy and does not tell me many things as not allowed im just very proud of my mum im very lucky as ive got to meet he queen and love telling people what my mum does x

Jacknch 05-17-2014 06:08 PM

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Originally Posted by clairegee (Post 1665920)
hi i thought id delete as i know mums sworn to secrecy and does not tell me many things as not allowed im just very proud of my mum im very lucky as ive got to meet he queen and love telling people what my mum does x

Well, I don't think you needed to delete your post as there was nothing wrong with telling us what your mum does for a living. You should be very proud of your mum and I have to say I think your mum does a wonderful job as the Queen always looks very beautiful in her lovely hats! You have a very clever mum, with a great skill!
I hope you enjoy The Royal Forums! :flowers:

Baroness of Books 05-17-2014 07:40 PM

That's an amazing connection, Clairegee; of course you're proud of your mom and there's no reason why you shouldn't share this with others. Not only is she a very creative and talented lady, as well as discreet, but she has one of the most famous people in the world wear her lovely creations. And welcome to the forums as well!

HRHHermione 05-17-2014 07:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by clairegee (Post 1665920)
hi i thought id delete as i know mums sworn to secrecy and does not tell me many things as not allowed im just very proud of my mum im very lucky as ive got to meet he queen and love telling people what my mum does x

You should be quite proud, your mum does beautiful work and she's clearly very talented.

Thank you for sharing your pride in her here! (And I think your post was just fine, there was nothing controversial or personal there)


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