Queen Elizabeth is now in Sandringham for Christmas, where she expects the rest of the Royal Family to meet her come Christmas Day. Once her family has gathered at the estate, they will watch the Queen’s pre-recorded speech to the public, which marks one occasion where she relinquishes control over Christmas preparations.
Christmas Day 2019 will see most families gathered around their televisions for much of the holiday, with an array of special programmes and films scheduled.
One priority for UK residents is the Queen’s speech, which is pre-recorded and aired on Christmas Day around 3pm.
While the address is a chance for the Queen to speak to the public as she chooses, there are certain aspects of the process she cannot control.
Writing in her book, the Other Side of the Coin, Angela Kelly, the Queen’s Personal Assistant and Senior Dresser, revealed the inner-workings of preparing for the speech.
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The designer said as the Queen prepares to record her speech, television crews and royal staffers work on her appearance.
She wrote: “It’s a very rare occasion when someone else decides what the Queen will wear, particularly on such a significant day.
“But I trust the television crews and we work brilliantly as a team.
“Of course, I’ll discuss their choice with Her Majesty, but if I’m assured that it’s the right decision, she is satisfied.”
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“The only other thing left for me to do is to arrange the make-up artist, Marilyn Widdess, to be there on the day of filming.
“You might be surprised to know this is the only occasion throughout the year when Her Majesty does not do her own makeup.”
Generally, the Queen chooses her own clothing, and she allegedly refers to her outfits as “costumes”.
Speaking to Yahoo UK, former royal footman Paul Burrell revealed she has her costumes brought to her every morning so she can choose what to wear.
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Mr Burrell said the monarch keeps her clothes on the top floor of the Palace, adding she doesn’t see her wardrobe.
He said: “The Queen has to have her outfits brought down to her; all her clothes are kept on the top floor.
“Her dresser will bring down two outfits in the morning, which are sketched with pieces of material clipped to them so that the Queen can remember whether it’s silk or cotton or wool.
“The one the Queen picks is the one which is brought downstairs from up above so she doesn’t actually see her wardrobe with clothes in it.”
The Queen chooses from a broad spectrum of bright colours and pastels, which she allegedly uses to stand out from the crowd.
She wears the spectrum because she believes it’s “her duty to be seen by the people who’ve waited, wet and cold, behind barriers for hours at a time”.
Queen Elizabeth II maintains several favourite outfits amongst her collection and is often spotted wearing the same “costume” more than once.
She also follows certain guidelines for her clothing, including weighted hems, which prevent her skirts from flying up when boarding a plane, and nude stockings.