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Queen Elizabeth II welcomes the summer season with a new “do”.
The reigning British monarch sported a shorter hairstyle in new photos released during meetings at Windsor Castle this week.
The 96-year-old met Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Tuesday, followed by Margaret Beazley, the Governor of New South Wales, on Wednesday. The queen’s hair appeared to be cropped in the back and sides, a departure from her longer look on June 2, when she attended a headlights ceremony at the start of the Platinum Jubilee. The celebrations marked his 70 years on the throne.
Not only was Elizabeth all smiles with her guests, but she was also seen without a cane. The Queen suffers from persistent mobility issues, which reduced her appearances during the Platinum Jubilee.
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Elizabeth’s close aide, Angela Kelly, recently updated her best-selling book, titled ‘The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe’. In it, Kelly reflected on the Queen’s life during the coronavirus pandemic and how she took on the role of cutting and styling Elizabeth’s hair.
Kelly, the Queen’s personal stylist and seamstress, is known to be one of Elizabeth’s closest confidantes.
“Beginning in March 2020, I washed the Queen’s hair weekly, styled and styled it, and even cut it if necessary,” Kelly wrote, as quoted by People magazine. “My team named it Kelly’s Salon.”
In the book, Kelly admitted she was nervous about being in charge of the queen’s hair.
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“For the first two weeks I was shaking,” she wrote. “I had only done her hair once or twice before on board the Royal Yacht Britannia. The Queen was so kind that she advised me on the very precise way to put the rollers on.”
Kelly noted that it didn’t take long for Elizabeth to express exactly what she wanted.
“As I gained more confidence, I’m sure the Queen thought I was a professional and started yelling at me, ‘Don’t do this, do it like this. That’s right, you have it, don’t change it,'” she reflected. “I was thinking, ‘God, I need a gin and tonic.’ So while the queen was under the dryer, I said to her, “I’m going for a drink because it’s too stressful, it’s just what you need.”
Kelly said she used “a whole box of hairspray to make sure it lasted all week.”
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“Routine was set by then, and Lucy had a gin and tonic ready and waiting for me every time I came back,” she added.
It wouldn’t be the last time Kelly was under pressure to get the queen’s look perfect. She was in charge of the royal mane for the Queen’s special address to the nation in April 2020, and again for the monarch’s Christmas address.
“I had to wash and style his hair and in the end, never mind a gin and tonic – I needed a whole bottle!” Kelly said of the April 2020 TV appearance. “The Christmas show was another reason to go get the gin. Every time the Queen was hatless it was stressful because there had nowhere to hide, so I had to have the perfect hairstyle.”
Kelly shared that with the Queen’s get-togethers going virtual, she’s become busier than expected.
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“Zoom has become a part of the Queen’s life and Kelly’s living room has become very busy,” she said. “Fortunately, I only had one client! »