Queen’s aide ‘needed drink’ when styling hair in lockdown as she was ‘shouting’

The Queen's stylist has claimed she once had to fix herself a stiff drink in lockdown after the monarch started "shouting" while she did her hair.

Angela Kelly, who has served as Personal Assistant and Senior Dresser to Her Majesty since 2002, described feeling nervous after taking on a new role as the monarch's hairdresser during the pandemic.

The royal report comes from a new chapter in an updated Platinum Jubilee version of her 2019 book The Other Side of the Coin, which has been shared by by Hello! magazine.

The 64-year-old fashion designer found herself with new responsibility when the Queen was forced to limit her in-person interactions due to the emergency coronavirus laws enacted in March 2020.

Angela said her personal team dubbed the operation "Kelly’s Salon" as she washed the Queen’s hair every week, set and styled it, and trimmed it when needed.

But not being a hairdresser by trade she understandably felt a huge weight of expectation upon her, revealing: “The Queen knew I was nervous and during the first two weeks I was shaking. I had only done her hair once or twice before while on board the Royal Yacht Britannia.

"The Queen was so kind as she advised me on the very specific way to put the rollers in.”

“As I grew in confidence I’m sure the Queen thought I was a professional and started shouting at me, ‘Don’t do that, do it this way. That’s right, you’ve got it, don’t change it.’ I was thinking, goodness me, I need a gin and tonic."

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Slipping a quick word to the 95-year-old monarch while she was under the dryer, she told her: "I’m off for a stiff drink because this is so stressful, getting it just right for you."

She added that the most stressful sessions were those which came before a televised address — especially when she was appearing without a hat.

The Daily Star has approached Buckingham Palace for comment.

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