Angela Kelly

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Angela Kelly

Born
Mary Angela Kelly

(1957-11-04) 4 November 1957 (age 64)
Liverpool, England
OccupationFashion designer, dressmaker, milliner
TitlePersonal Assistant, Adviser and Curator to Her Majesty The Queen (Jewellery, Insignias and Wardrobe) Elizabeth II

Mary Angela Kelly, LVO (born 4 November 1957, Liverpool) is a British fashion designer, dressmaker, and milliner, who has served as Personal Assistant and Senior Dresser to Queen Elizabeth II since 2002.[1] Her official title is Personal Assistant, Adviser and Curator to Her Majesty The Queen (Jewellery, Insignias and Wardrobe).[2]

Early life[edit]

Kelly was born in Liverpool, the daughter of a Liverpool dock worker.

Career[edit]

A display of six of Elizabeth II's outfits,five of which were designed by Kelly.

She first began working for the Queen after gaining employment as The Queen’s Dresser following an interview at Windsor Castle in 1994. [3] She is responsible for the Queen's clothes, jewellery, and insignia.[4] She researches the venues for royal visits as well as the significance of different colours, in order to create appropriate outfits for the monarch.[5] In 2019, Kelly announced that Queen Elizabeth will be only wearing faux-furs moving forward.[6]

Notable creations by Kelly include:

Other work[edit]

Kelly founded a fashion label, Kelly & Pordum, with Alison Pordum, who was also employed as the Queen's in-house dressmaker until 2008.[12] Kelly is also the author of Dressing the Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe and The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe .

Honours[edit]

In 2006, she was appointed a Member of the Royal Victorian Order (MVO),[13] and promoted to Lieutenant of the same Order (LVO) in 2012.[14] She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Version of the Royal Household Long and Faithful Service Medal in 2014 for 20 years of service to the Royal Family.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Kelly, Angela (2012). Dressing the Queen: The Jubilee Wardrobe. ISBN 978-1-905686-26-1.[15]
  • Kelly, Angela (2019). The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe. HarperCollins Publishers. ISBN 978-0008368364.

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