Queen Elizabeth got a fresh, new look for the warmer months ahead.
The monarch appears to have broken with tradition, getting a little trim off the top and sides of her typical hairstyle following all of her Platinum Jubilee celebrations earlier this month. In photos taken at Windsor Castle on Wednesday and posted to the official royal family Instagram account, the queen sports a closely cropped style and a bright yellow dress printed with a blue floral pattern while hosting an audience with Margaret Beazley, the Governor of New South Wales, Australia. The royal’s previous hairstyle was last seen on June 2 when she made an appearance at a beacon-lighting ceremony kicking off the four-day Jubilee celebration without her usual wide-brimmed hat.
Queen Elizabeth’s aide, Angela Kelly, has written about her own forays into hairdressing on behalf of the monarch during the pandemic in an updated version of her book, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe. “From March 2020 onwards I washed The Queen’s hair every week, set and styled it, and even trimmed it when needed. My team named it Kelly’s Salon,” she wrote. “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.” Kelly continued, “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. So while The Queen was under the dryer I said to her, ‘I’m off for a stiff drink because this is so stressful, getting it just right for you.’” The aide also confessed that her secret to getting the monarch’s hair to look just right was using “a whole can of hairspray to make sure it lasted the week.”
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