One of the Queen’s most trusted confidantes should be allowed to stay at her house of grace and favor in Windsor – thanks to the Queen herself.
Angela Kelly, the daughter of a Liverpool dock worker, started working as an assistant dresser in the royal household before becoming indispensable to the monarch.
His reward was a house of grace and favor a short walk from Windsor Castle.
Staff who work for the Queen would typically only have a month’s notice after the end of her reign before being redeployed to another royal household or seeking other employment.
But now it appears the Queen has given her authority to Ms Kelly to remain in her house of grace and favor after her death.
Angela Kelly, a close confidante of the Queen, should be allowed to stay at her house of grace and favor in Windsor – thanks to the Queen herself. Pictured receiving his RVO in 2012
She was so favored by the late monarch that Ms Kelly was also granted extraordinary clearance to strike a three-pound deal. Two of these memoirs have been published and another is about to be published.
An insider said: “The Queen was very clear that she was close to Angela and wanted to look after her people.”
Ms Kelly, who would like to spend time in America now that the Queen has died, was initially hired for her fashion expertise. But she soon developed a close bond with the monarch.
As the Queen’s mobility failed, Palace sources say Ms Kelly could often be found sitting with the Queen, giving her a laugh and updating Her Majesty on the latest drama twists.
Lately, as the Queen’s number of public appearances have dwindled depending on her ability to move around comfortably, it was Ms Kelly who sat down with the Queen in Windsor.
A source said: ‘The Prince of Wales came to see his mum one day and was surprised that Angela had her own bedrooms there where she watched quite loud TV.
Over time, Ms Kelly has taken on more of a lady-in-waiting role, sources say. She was going to search, carry and even advise.
The influence of the down-to-earth Liverpudlian could even be seen in some of the Queen’s public appearances – far beyond what the monarch chose to wear.
It was Ms Kelly who encouraged the Queen to visit the Coronation Street set in Manchester when the ITV studio celebrated its 60th birthday in July last year.
And what did the queen choose to wear? An Angela Kelly outfit in a bold teal with a matching hat.
The anecdote was revealed in Ms Kelly’s second memoir, The Other Side Of The Coin.
The journey continued with Ms Kelly recalling: ‘She’s not looking at Coronation Street, but I filled her in.’ She adds: “I was delighted that the Queen chose my outfit and my hat to wear for the event.”
As the Queen’s mobility failed, Palace sources say Ms Kelly could often be found sitting with the Queen, giving her a laugh and updating Her Majesty on the latest drama twists. From left, Caroline Rush, the Queen, Anna Wintour and Angela Kelly in 2018
When she was chosen to accompany the Queen that day, Ms Kelly recalled: ‘I was so dizzy you’d think I was walking on hot sand.’
The book also tells how during lockdown Ms Kelly and a team of staff formed HMS Bubble – a Covid-free ring around the Queen designed to protect her while continuing to look after her comfort.
While courtiers sacrificed time with their families to avoid catching the virus and passing it on to the Queen, there was also fun to be had during lockdown.
Ms Kelly, who started working in the Royal Household in 1994, reveals staff took part in the ‘Bubble Olympics’, a series of activities including a rounders tournament, a sprint relay and a game with balloons filled with bubbles. ‘water.
To the astonishment of staff, Ms Kelly said the Queen herself had appeared one day. After watching out of sight, she came from behind the bushes to hand out trophies to the winners.
When the Queen’s health failed, Mrs Kelly stayed by her side.
Locked out, she opened ‘Kelly’s Salon’ – making herself indispensable as the Queen’s hairdresser as well as her hairdresser and assistant.
The reward for such loyalty will now be the promise of a comfortable retirement.