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It’s an extreme understatement to say much has happened in Her Majesty’s life since October 2019: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s step back from being working members of the royal family in January 2020. COVID-19 lockdowns beginning in March 2020. Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey in March 2021. The death of her husband of 73 years, Prince Philip, in April 2021. Marking 70 years on the throne in February 2022. And that’s just the short list.
Who knows if the Queen’s personal stylist and dressmaker Angela Kelly’s updated version of her bestselling book The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, The Dresser and the Wardrobe (opens in new tab)—hitting shelves in the U.K. May 12, ahead of the Platinum Jubilee—will tackle all of these topics, but we do know that this revised version will address Her Majesty’s life in lockdown substantially and in deeply personal detail. The book is getting an update in honor of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, set for the beginning of June.
And here’s a tidbit we already know: It was Kelly herself who was dispatched to cut Her Majesty’s hair during lockdown, a result of the Queen’s staff being scaled back to a small “bubble” of aides and servants, per PEOPLE.
Kelly will also address the funeral of Philip, what it was like to be isolated in Windsor Castle during lockdown, and what went on behind the scenes of the Queen’s first public engagements as lockdowns began to lift.
Since beginning her career at Buckingham Palace 28 years ago as the Queen’s Senior Dresser, Kelly has become one of Her Majesty’s closest confidantes, and The Other Side of the Coin was a juicy—yet Monarch-approved—look at some of the inner workings of royal life, including that Kelly cleans Her Majesty’s jewels using gin and water, that one of the few times the Queen doesn’t do her own makeup is for her annual Christmas broadcast, and that, since Kelly conveniently wears the same size shoe as Her Majesty, she is often tasked with breaking new shoes in for the Queen. Kelly is the first member of the Queen’s personal staff to have been given permission to write a book about her royal role.
“[The revised book] tells the story of the royal bubble as well as the lengths Angela and the Royal Household went to, to ensure the safety of our Monarch,” says HarperCollins’ nonfiction editorial director Katya Shipster about the updated book, which also includes commemorative packaging and new photography. “There is no better look at what goes on behind the pomp and circumstance than this wonderful book.”
Rachel Burchfield is a writer whose primary interests are fashion and beauty, society and culture, and, most especially, the British Royal Family. In addition to serving as the weekend editor at Marie Claire, she has worked with publications like Vogue, Vanity Fair, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, and more. She cohosts Podcast Royal, a show that provides candid commentary on the biggest royal family headlines and offers segments on fashion, beauty, health and wellness, and lifestyle.
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