Late Queen's dresser Angela Kelly continues packing up Windsor home
Removal vans arrive at Angela Kelly’s Windsor home: Late Queen’s dresser continues packing up in move to the North ‘after being forced to sign gagging order’ – as she shares cryptic Instagram story with message ‘you’ll never satisfy an ungrateful person’
- Ms Kelly, 65, was pictured in a patterned top and high-waisted trousers
- She appeared to be in high spirits as she continued to pack up her home
The late Queen’s right-hand woman was in high spirits today as she continued packing up her Windsor home for a new life in the North.
Dressed in a patterned top and black high-waisted trousers with gold buttons, Angela Kelly, 65, was pictured beaming as workers from moving firm Pickfords helped fill a huge van with her belongings.
Ms Kelly is leaving her riverside home to move to the Peak District where the King has gifted her a new home to honour his late mother’s promise.
Yesterday on her Instagram account she posted an image bearing the quote: ‘No matter how kind and generous you are, you’ll never satisfy an ungrateful person.’
A second quote on the same image read: ‘Learning how to remain calm when you’re disrespected is a superpower.’
She worked for Queen Elizabeth for more than 25 years and the pair were so close that she would even wear in the monarch’s new shoes, do her hair and massage her feet.
The late Queen’s right-hand woman Angela Kelly was in high spirits today as she continued packing up her Windsor home for a new life in the North
Vans from moving firm Pickfords are seen outside the Windsor home of Angela Kelly today
In return the Queen created the title of ‘Personal Assistant, Advisor and Curator to Her Majesty’ for the former royal dresser and gave her unprecedented permission to write a series of books about their relationship.
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But many in the royal household were suspicious – and possibly jealous – of Ms Kelly’s relationship with the Queen.
Another meme on Ms Kelly’s Instagram Story yesterday showed lyrics from the song Broken Angel by Iranian-Swedish singer Arash, which features the words: ‘You are the one. I miss you so much. Now that you’re gone.’
It comes a week after Ms Kelly appeared to be overcome with emotion as she loaded belongings into a white van.
Last year the Mail revealed that days after the late monarch’s death in September, the locks were changed on her apartments so that Ms Kelly, 65, could not gain access – although she has retained her home on the Windsor estate at the Queen’s request.
It is believed Charles has bought Ms Kelly a new home on the understanding that she will be able to live there for the rest of her life, after which it will revert to the Crown.
It also ensures that Ms Kelly will not be able to discuss her friendship with Queen Elizabeth, although it is believed that before she died she gave her ‘lieutenant’ permission for one more book she hoped would serve as a ‘pension’ for her years of loyal service.
While it is understood that Ms Kelly will now be closer to her family, it is clear that leaving Windsor has been a huge wrench.
Earlier this month she poignantly posted a picture of her garden, telling friends: ‘Getting ready to say goodbye. I am moving at last to my new home which I will be able to call My Home at last.’
In response to a friend, she posted: ‘I’m moving to the Peak District just further on than Sheffield so not too far away from the family.
‘My work phone has been disconnected but hopefully you have this one. Looking forward to my New Adventures [with smiling emoji]’.
Dressed in a patterned top and trousers, Angela Kelly, 65, was pictured beaming as she walked outside her Windsor home
Workers from removal firm Pickfords enjoy a cup of tea outside Angela Kelly’s home
The late Queen’s former dresser and close aide is seen outside her Windsor home today
Ms Kelly is leaving her riverside home to move to the Peak District where the King has gifted her a new home to honour his late mother’s promise
It comes a week after Ms Kelly appeared to be overcome with emotion as she loaded belongings into a white van
Sources stressed that having a work number cut off was ‘standard procedure’ for anyone leaving the royal household.
A source close to the Palace said: ‘The narrative that the King is heartless has all been very wide of the mark.
‘His Majesty has never wanted to see anybody homeless, particularly someone who has been so loyal.’
Ms Kelly met the late Queen when working as housekeeper for the British ambassador to Germany.
She liked what she saw and lured her to work for Buckingham Palace.
Ms Kelly met the late Queen when working as housekeeper for the British ambassador to Germany. Above: Ms Kelly (right) sits next to Vogue editor Anna Wintour and the Queen at London Fashion Week in 2018
She quickly moved up from being a dresser to become one of the most powerful people in the royal household.
But while she was adored by the boss, she ruffled feathers among staff and senior royals. Her quick temper even earned her the nickname AK-47.
She was, however, recognised by the King in a special ‘demise’ honours awards earlier this year marking Queen Elizabeth’s death – being made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, which could be presented to her in person by King Charles himself.
If the King did chose to do so, it would be considered by many to be very much an olive branch.
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