Queen Elizabeth secrets to her public appearances
Now that the Diamond Jubilee is coming up all eyes are on Queen Elizabeth II and how she will be celebrating sixty years as the British monarch. With royalty being in the spotlight for style hits and misses, it is not very often that the Queen is given a negative critique on her dressing style, and she has something that all other celebrities don’t have, the ability to always appear flawless and unflustered in public regardless of heat, wind or red wine spillages.
Queen Elizabeth II
Her reign since the tender age of 21 years old has been fraught with much controversy, family politics and public fanfare but Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has always held her ground and been totally immaculate while appearing in public during these times that clearly caused her considerable annoyance and upset. Her loyal team of stylists are on hand to ensure that regardless of weather conditions or possible spillages, Queen Elizabeth is always perfectly groomed. People often want to know what makes her appear so cool even in perfectly sweltering heat.
When the Queen visits overseas the formula that ensures her easing into every foreign situation starts with her private secretary, lady-in-waiting, police officer and press secretary visiting the destination prior to the Queen’s departure. Their job is to see where Queen Elizabeth will be eating, get the menus, visit the public places and basically prepare the monarch for what awaits her upon landing. Once Queen Elizabeth is prepped on the logistics of the tour, she chooses the menus that were sent for her and she avoids anything that may cause and upset stomach such as lobster, mussels and crabs. On one trip she was offered a local delicacy which turned out to be rat. Not something the Queen would readily have munched on if she had known.
Stylist to the Queen ensures that all dresses do not ride up above the knee by making the inside layer of the skirt slightly tighter on the inside layer. No matter the circumstances, the Queen’s dresses always stay in place. Her dresses are all made from 100% pure cotton, staying away from linen which creases very easily and polyester. An extra identical dress is always kept on hand in case of spillage. The Queen goes off to quietly change, if she needs to, without anyone having known any better. Oh the life of having a lady-in-waiting. Forgetting the dresses and clothes for a minute, one cannot dispute that even during a heat wave everyone else will be patting themselves down to prevent being drenched in perspiration, but Queen Elizabeth II is not one of them. Her naturally cool body temperature ensures she does not suffer from the heat like most do. She also has a lavender-scented handkerchief on hand in case she feels a layer of perspiration coming on.
The royal hair is another story altogether. Queen Elizabeth II never had a stray strand wandering off on its own. Staff use, what is called “liquid concrete” in the palace, to keep that royal mane in place. The secret ingredient is not known but should surely be marketed for a few other things that could do with super strength in a storm. Queen Elizabeth’s make-up artist also has secret ingredient that she puts into the foundation ensuring the Queen’s face remains matt and constantly fresh looking. The ingredient kills any shine that could appear on the monarch’s face.
All of the stuff done to ensure Queen Elizabeth II is perfectly comfortable on each and every outing is quite something to behold.
Vida Denning is freelance writer who really likes Olympia bags.
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