Queen Elizabeth Finally Experiences the Joy of a Dress with Pockets

As the monarch of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, one would imagine Queen Elizabeth wants for nothing. But as her longtime assistant and senior dresser Angela Kelly revealed in her just-released tell-all memoir, Queen Elizabeth has long desired something we all take for granted. All Queen Elizabeth has dreamed of for many years, apparently, is to pose for a photo with her hands in her pockets like a normal person.

This week, Kelly released snippets of her memoir The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe via Hello! magazine, offering a rare glimpse into what happens inside Buckingham Palace’s walls. Among the many secrets the queen’s trusted adviser revealed, one of our favorites is definitely Her Majesty’s desire to enjoy the luxury of pockets. (Royals! They’re just like us.)

Although the queen has long perfected her regal monarchial pose, Kelly says Her Majesty has wanted to pose for a photograph with her hands in her pockets since she was a young girl. Elizabeth’s mum, the Queen Mother, and her advisers felt this wasn’t appropriate for a young royal, so her wish never came to fruition—until a few years ago. One day, when photographer Barry Jeffery was shooting photos of the queen in her home, she stopped him mid-shoot and told him she was going to shake things up.

Kelly recalled the events of that day, writing, “Her Majesty took her position in front of the lens and started striking a series of poses, slipping her hands in and out of her pockets and placing them on to her hips, mimicking the stance of a professional model. I stood in disbelief, the queen was a natural.”

The photos were never used publicly, but Kelly was kind enough to share them with us now (with the queen’s approval, of course).

Looks like Queen Elizabeth missed her calling as a model. On the plus side, she’s found a very fruitful career as the longest sitting monarch in history.


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