When Prince Philip passed away in April 2021, Queen Elizabeth suddenly lost the person she had kept by her side for 73 years. So, with her kids (and her grandkids) all grown up, we can imagine that Her Royal Highness gets lonely. But luckily, it sounds like she’s keeping her friends close by her side, specifically one friend: Angela Kelly.
Kelly, who is a British fashion designer, has served alongside Queen Elizabeth as a personal assistant, as well as her Senior Dresser, since 2002. According to Vogue , her official title is Personal Assistant, Adviser and Curator to Her Majesty the Queen (Jewellery, Insignias and Wardrobe).
Now, according to a report from The Sun, it seems that Kelly has moved into Windsor Castle as a permanent resident. A source told the publication, “[Kelly] lives there now. She has moved in.”
The transition first began back in February, when Queen Elizabeth tested positive for COVID-19. According to The Sun , Kelly moved in during this lockdown as a part of the queen’s “bubble” team, helping with daily activities and other care.
Now, as the queen continues to struggle with her mobility, it appears that her personal assistant has decided to move in full time.
While Buckingham Palace used to be the official residence of Queen Elizabeth, it was reported back in March that Her Royal Majesty had moved into Windsor Castle.
“Windsor is the place she loves,” Hugo Vickers told The UK Times. “She has her memories with Prince Philip there, she has her ponies there and family nearby. It makes sense.”
And now she’s got a new housemate. We’re glad to hear that the queen is keeping her friends close.
Queen in charge of succession masterplan
“Make no mistake, this was the trailer,” a royal source tells the Sunday Timesabout last week’s State Opening of Parliament, when Prince Charles and Prince William stood in for the queen. Indeed the monarch, says the paper, is squarely in charge of the transfer of royal power from herself to Charles—while also not ready herself to fully give up the reins of power.
The aim of the state opening itself was to “soften the edges of transition” before Charles takes over the throne before or after the queen dies. “The prince was dressed in a very regal way, but not to the point of appropriating the sovereign,” the source tells the Times. “Once you adjust your eyes to that, it won’t be so different when we see him wearing the crown. Technically, it wasn’t even necessary to have him read the speech.”
The queen is the brains behind all the visuals, the source insists. “Having her heir read it was a very conscious decision by her. It plays to that point about cementing in people’s minds that his role is coming, be in no doubt. Blink, and you couldn’t tell the difference between Tuesday and when he first reads the speech as king.”
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