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The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe [9780008368364]

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When Angela Kelly and The Queen are together, laughter echoes through the corridors of Buckingham Palace.

Angela has worked with The Queen and walked the corridors of the Royal Household for twenty-five years, initially as Her Majesty's Senior Dresser and then latterly as Her Majesty's Personal Advisor, Curator, Wardrobe and In-house Designer.

As the first person in history to hold this title, she shares a uniquely close working relationship with The Queen.

In The Other Side of the Coin, The Queen has personally given Angela her blessing to share their extraordinary bond with the world.

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.

`The book documents the unique working relationship between Her Majesty The Queen and the woman who has been her Personal Assistant and Senior Dresser for more than two decades: Angela Kelly. It gives a rare insight into the demands of the job of supporting the Monarch, and we gain privileged insight into a successful working relationship, characterised by humour, creativity, hard work, and a mutual commitment to service and duty. Angela is a talented and inspiring woman, who has captured the highlights of her long career with The Queen for us all to share.' - Samantha Cohen, Assistant Private Secretary to The Queen (2011-2018)


Angela Kelly LVO is Personal Advisor, Curator, Wardrobe and In-house Designer to Her Majesty The Queen. Angela started working in the Royal Household in 1994 as an Assistant Dresser and shares with you her unique insight into her working life with Her Majesty The Queen.

Angela is also the author of the successful book Dressing The Queen, which celebrated The Queen's Diamond Jubilee.

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    The Other Side of the Coin

    Posted by Sylvia Paine on 7th Apr 2021

    A lovely book, at an excellent price, I have by no means read it all - yet, but I certainly will. It is a book which you can pick up and "dip" into which is what I am doing as other work calls. I will not be happy until I have read it all.

  • 5
    The other side of the coin by Angela Kelly

    Posted by Francine on 1st May 2020

    When Angela Kelly first met the Queen and Prince Philip she proof herself to both of them that even to the Queen of England she can be trusted and did not give out any information that is ccnfidential. The Queen did not forget that and she trusts her as a friend and as her assistant. I love reading the book and I admire the Queen and I also admire Angela Kelly. She is using all her talents to make the Queen look beautiful and visible---5 big shining stars!

  • 5
    A fabulous read

    Posted by Unknown on 5th Dec 2019

    Brilliant book swift delivery

  • 4
    The Other Side of the Coin

    Posted by Liz - Stevenage on 21st Nov 2019

    Bought as a present - lovely book disappointed with book jacket. It is almost two inches shorter than book publishers say it’s how it’s meant to be. Will have to put note on it to explain why it looks weird!! Book and content very good.

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    The Other Side of the Coin

    Posted by Hilary bryan on 7th Nov 2019

    A beautiful book, especially if you are a Royalist! I have only glanced through at present but it is a lovely book to dig into!

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