Angela Kelly's title is Personal Assistant, Adviser and Curator
to Her Majesty the Queen (Jewellery, Insignias and Wardrobe). She
is entirely responsible for the way the Queen looks in public, not
only organising her complete wardrobe and liaising with dressmakers
and designers, but now designing her clothes as well.
Angela Kelly, who had met the Queen while she was working for the British Ambassador to Germany in 1992, became one of the Queen's dressers in 1993. When the Queen asked for her opinion, Angela Kelly did not hesitate to give it, and the Queen grew to like and trust the forthright Liverpudlian. In time Angela Kelly began to create her own designs for the Queen.
Kelly has been credited, over the last decade, with an elegant renaissance in the Queen's wardrobe. Old fashioned turban hats and a range of clothes in pastel sweet pea colours have been swept aside, and the Queen's wardrobe has been rejuvenated with signature colour blocks, chic tailoring, striking accessories and a sharp eye for detail.
This transition was very evident in 2011. The Queen wore Angela Kelly for her grandson William's marriage to Kate Middleton. Her single crepe wool primrose dress , with hand-sewn beading at the neck in the shape of sunrays, and matching double crepe wool tailored primrose coat won universal praise. In fact, the Queen wore the outfit on a subsequent tour of Australia, later in 2011 (see picture above)
Angela Kelly is admired for her thrift and is adept at remodelling dresses. In 2009 she took the Queen's favourite evening dress, removed the appliqués of local birds and flowers that had adorned it for a state visit to Trinidad, and substituted crystal maple leaves in preparation for a state visit to Canada the following year.