- The Queen‘s annual Christmas broadcast is “the only occasion throughout the year when Her Majesty does not do her own makeup,” according to the monarch’s senior dressmaker.
- Angela Kelly broke down Her Majesty’s festive traditions in her new book, “The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, The Dresser, and the Wardrobe.”
- Kelly added that the monarch doesn’t usually wear the festive colors red and green to avoid technical difficulties for the production team.
- “Red, for example, is difficult to capture on camera, and in green, Her Majesty might disappear into the background, depending on the positioning of the tree,” she added.
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Christmas is the only day of the year that the Queen uses a professional makeup artist, according to Her Majesty’s senior dressmaker.
According to Angela Kelly, who has served the royal household since 1994, the monarch’s televised Christmas Day speech is “the only occasion throughout the year when Her Majesty does not do her own makeup.”
“The only other thing left for me to do is to arrange for the makeup artist, Marilyn Widdess, to be there on the day of filming,” Kelly wrote in her new book, “The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, The Dresser and the Wardrobe.”
Kelly added that the monarch usually stays away from the festive colors red and green to avoid technical difficulties for the production team.
“Ultimately, I’ll leave it up to the production team to decide on the final outfit as the camera crews and producers know what will work and what won’t: red, for example, is difficult to capture on camera, and in green, Her Majesty might disappear into the background, depending on the positioning of the tree.”
The Queen has been known to wear green for the speech in the past, but opts for a lighter shade that won’t clash with the dark green of a Christmas tree.
Kelly began her post as the Queen’s senior dresser at Buckingham Palace, before becoming Her Majesty’s personal advisor, curator, wardrobe and in-house designer.
In her new tell-all book about her relationship with the Queen, Kelly discusses everything from the time Michelle Obama appeared to break royal protocol to the struggles women faced working at the royal household in the early ’90s.
The Queen spends every festive period at the Sandringham Estate, where she is usually joined by the rest of the royal family.
This year, however, there will be a few members missing as Meghan Markle and Prince Harry plan to spend the holiday with the duchess’ mother, Doria Ragland.