It’s true: The Queen has someone who makes sure her shoes are comfortable before she wears them at royal events.
In 2017, Stewart Parvin, a longtime designer for Her Majesty, told the Evening Standard the monarch is always comfy in her shoes and never at any risk of getting things like blisters. Why? He said an aide breaks in the Queen’s shoes.
“The shoes have to be immediately comfortable,” Stewart said. “She does get someone to wear them. The Queen can never say, ‘I’m uncomfortable, I can’t walk anymore.’ She has the right to have someone wear them in.”
Angela Kelly, Her Majesty’s longtime dressmaker and close confidante, recently released new memoir, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, The Dresser and The Wardrobe. Excerpts from it were recently serialized in Issue 686 of HELLO! Canada. And in the book, Angela revealed the aide in question is… her! She’s the shoebreaker!
“As has been reported a lot in the press, a flunky wears in Her Majesty’s shoes to ensure that they are comfortable and that she is always good to go,” she wrote in the book. “And yes, I am that flunky.”
The Queen’s most beloved pair of shoes are handmade by Anello & Davide of Kensington. The 93-year-old monarch has been wearing the same style of black loafers for more than 50 years, and owns them in multiple colours and styles, just in case she needs to go to something a bit more formal, like a ball or banquet. But she’s so busy that she doesn’t have time to have blisters.
“The Queen has very little time to herself and not time to wear in her own shoes, and as we share the same shoe size it makes the most sense this way,” Angela wrote in her book.
Her Majesty has also been using the same style of handbag by Launer London, for more than 50 years.