The Queen’s dressmaker creates decoys of her hats to prevent staff from betting on which color she’ll wear

  • Queen Elizabeth’s dressmaker says she puts decoy hats on display to stop staff from placing bets on what color she’ll wear to Royal Ascot.
  • Angela Kelly, who became Her Majesty’s senior dresser in 1994 — and now works as her in-house designer — made the revelation in her upcoming tell-all book about her relationship with the Queen.
  • In the book, “The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe,” Kelly added that she keeps a diary of all of Her Majesty’s outfits to ensure they won’t be repeated too soon.
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The Queen’s dressmaker says she puts decoy hats on display in Windsor Castle before important royal events, such as Royal Ascot.

This is done to prevent staff from placing bets on what color she’ll wear, Angela Kelly writes in her new tell-all book about her time working with Her Majesty.

“Monday is Garter Day and Royal Ascot begins on Tuesday. The atmosphere at Windsor Castle is electric,” Kelly writes. “Each morning I place three or five previously worn hats on a table in the workroom.

“They are different colors and styles and are on display for a reason. Anyone who happens to pass the room will see those hats. They are not hidden behind a closed door and no secret is made of them,” she adds.

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Queen Elizabeth II arrives at Royal Ascot 2019.
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“This will stop anyone catching sight of the hat Her Majesty actually intends to wear, and, with inside knowledge, betting a vast amount of money on the correct color of the Queen’s hat for opening day of Royal Ascot.”

Kelly, who has been working for Her Majesty since 1994, added that when she began her post as the monarch’s senior dresser, she started keeping a diary of the Queen’s outfits so that “Her Majesty didn’t repeat outfits too soon.”

Kelly’s upcoming book, “The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe,” will be released on Tuesday, and details her close working relationship with the monarch, first as her senior dresser and then later as Her Majesty’s personal advisor, curator, wardrobe and in-house designer.

“In ‘The Other Side of the Coin’, The Queen has personally given Angela her blessing to share their extraordinary bond with the world,” the book’s synopsis reads.

“Whether it’s preparing for a formal occasion or brightening Her Majesty’s day with a playful joke, Angela’s priority is to serve and support. 

“Sharing never-before-seen photographs – many from Angela’s own private collection – and charming anecdotes of their time spent together, this revealing book provides memorable insights into what it’s like to work closely with The Queen, to curate her wardrobe and to discover a true and lasting connection along the way.”

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