If you think you’re stressed about your Christmas Day outfit, spare a though for our monarch Queen Elizabeth II. The royal has millions of eyes on her on 25th December, not during her traditional festive speech but for her visit to the church service on her Sandringham estate. And as you might expect, there’s a lot of preparation that goes into making sure she looks her best.
In fact, royal dresser Angela Kelly, who has worked with the Queen for more than two decades, says planning for Christmas ensembles begins two months in advance, as there are certain rules that must be followed with each year that passes.
HELLO! magazine reports that Angela, whose recent book Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe spills plenty of behind-the-scenes style secrets, explains: ‘I start to plan well in advance – around two months or so – checking to see what colours the Queen wore in previous years as I don’t want to repeat a colour for a few years.’
It’s only once this decision is made that the members of the extended royal family can start piecing together their looks: ‘Once Her Majesty has chosen her dress for dinner a handwritten notice is pinned up in the Dressers’ Corridor detailing what she will be wearing so that the Queen’s ladies’ maids can select an appropriate dress for the lady they are looking after,’ Angela adds.
‘I like to make sure the Queen is wearing a festive colour so the well wishers can see her easily.’
In her book, Angela also revealed that the Queen can wear a quite staggering number of outfits on the big day itself as she dresses for multiple occasions: ‘The Queen is just as busy as she would be in London, with more guests to entertain,’ Angela wrote in quotes shared with PEOPLE magazine.
‘There may be several outfit changes in one day — it could be as many as five or even up to seven.’
In fact, the only consistent staple of the Queen’s Christmas Day outfits seems to be her shoes, which are plain black loafers with small black heels from Anello & Davide of Kensington, west London, who have handmade her footwear for more than 50 years.