From colourful coats to hats for all seasons, Queen Elizabeth II has a royal wardrobe to be proud of. But now a new revelation from an insider has drawn our attention to one area we never really focused on when it comes to her Majesty’s outfits: her shoes.
The Queen usually opts for the same style of shoe – plain black loafers with a small black heel, which she wears with any hue, and for any occasion, usually to match a coordinating black handbag.
So far, so unremarkable – but now royal dresser Angela Kelly has revealed that the Queen seldom ever wears a pair of her own shoes fresh out of the box.
In her new book, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, The Dresser and The Wardrobe, Kelly details how the monarch delegated the task of breaking in a new set to her, ensuring that they’re instantly comfortable when Elizabeth slips them on to attend an engagement.
‘It makes the most sense this way. As has been reported in the press, a flunky wears in Her Majesty’s shoes to ensure that they are comfortable and that she is always good to go,’ she writes. ‘And, yes, I am that flunky.’
According to HELLO! magazine, the Queen favours footwear from Anello & Davide of Kensington, west London, who have handmade her shoes for more than 50 years.
Kelly’s story is corroborated by Stewart Parvin, who designed Elizabeth’s wardrobe for 11 years and told the Evening Standard previously that the then-unnamed designated staff member must wear beige cotton ankle socks, and only walk on carpet during the process.
‘The shoes have to be immediately comfortable … she does get someone to wear them. The Queen can never say “I’m uncomfortable, I can’t walk any more,”‘ he explained.
‘She has the right to have someone wear them in.’