The Queen’s stylist to publish royal memoir on how the royal household survived lockdown

Her Majesty the Queen has personally given her blessing for her personal assistant and stylist, Angela Kelly, to write a book about the last three years of life inside the royal household.

Queen Elizabeth II

In an updated edition of her 2019 royal memoir, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, Angela will collect stories about how the Queen coped with lockdown at Windsor Castle during the pandemic, plus provide insights into her and the late Prince Philip’s ‘unparalleled bond’.

The updated memoir will tell ‘the story of the royal bubble’, says HarperCollins’ publishing director Katya Shipster, ‘as well as the lengths Angela and the royal household went to, to ensure the safety of our monarch.’ It will also unearth details of new ways in which Angela supported the Queen, ‘such as cutting and setting her hair’, as well as looking forward to the Jubilee celebrations in June 2022.

Angela Kelly

Angela has been part of the Queen’s close-knit inner circle since 1994, and has told press that the pair are ‘like sisters’. As her personal dresser, her role includes researching the significance of colours for certain events, collaborating with designers and creating a personalised wardrobe for the Queen. The updated version of the book is thought to include tips and tricks on how she keeps the monarch’s wardrobe as flawless and comfortable as possible, from adding extra lining into her dresses to cushion her from beading at seated events, to stitching small weights into her hemlines to avoid wardrobe malfunctions in windy weather.

the other side of the coin

The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, £20, Amazon

But beyond the clothes, it’s expected that Kelly will also touch on Prince Philip’s death, Prince Harry’s departure from royal life, his absence at his grandfather’s funeral and more, subjects which have no doubt created distress within the family. Prince Harry is set to release his own book later this year, which is likely to address similar subjects, plus the tension between himself, his father Prince Charles and his brother William, alongside details of his new life in California with the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle. 

With 70 years of service, it’s thought that updated version of The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe will be a fascinating homage to the royal household and the extraordinary tenacity of the Queen. ‘There is no better look at what goes on behind the pomp and circumstance than this wonderful book,’ says Shipster.

When the updated edition of the royal memoir will be available to buy is yet unknown, but for now royal fans can still get their hands on the 2019 edition (above).