The Queen makes royal history by going fur-free, longtime aide reveals in new book

By Zach Harper

For decades, there has been much debate within the fashion world over the use of fur. And now, the Queen is set to stop wearing real fur, her dressmaker Angela Kelly has revealed in her new memoir.

Her Majesty had a mink trim removed from one of her favourite coats that she wore in Slovakia in 2008, Angela wrote in her book The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, which has just hit store shelves. The monarch’s close confidante and aide has worked for her since 1994, and excerpts from her new book are being serialized in the new issue of HELLO! Canada, available at newsstands across the country and on tablets and iPhones through Apple News.

“If Her Majesty is due to attend an engagement in particularly cold weather, from 2019 onwards fake fur will be used to make sure she stays warm,” Angela wrote of the big change, according to numerous news sources.

The Queen wore a robe made of ermine fur to her coronation in 1953. Photo: © The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images

The Queen will continue to wear other ceremonial robes or additional traditional items that include fur at some engagements, as they will be difficult to replace. Buckingham Palace confirmed the news to the Telegraph and the Daily Mail, saying all fur for future outfits designed for the Queen will be fake.

“We are thrilled that Her Majesty has officially gone fur-free,” Claire Bass of Humane Society International said in a statement to several outlets. “Our Head of State going fur-free sends a powerful message that fur is firmly out of fashion and does not belong with Brand Britain.”

If you’d like to read more insights from Angela’s new book, pick up Issue 686 of HELLO! Canada, available now at newsstands across the country and on tablet and iPhone through Apple News.

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