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Publisher's Summary

When Angela Kelly and The Queen are together, laughter echoes through the corridors of Buckingham Palace. Angela has worked with The Queen and walked the corridors of the Royal Household for 25 years, initially as Her Majesty’s Senior Dresser and then latterly as Her Majesty’s Personal Advisor, Curator, Wardrobe, and In-house Designer. As the first person in history to hold this title, she shares a uniquely close working relationship with The Queen.

In The Other Side of the Coin, The Queen has personally given Angela her blessing to share their extraordinary bond with the world. Whether it’s preparing for a formal occasion or brightening Her Majesty’s day with a playful joke, Angela’s priority is to serve and support. Sharing charming anecdotes of their time spent together, this revealing book provides memorable insights into what it’s like to work closely with The Queen, to curate her wardrobe and to discover a true and lasting connection along the way.

"The book documents the unique working relationship between Her Majesty The Queen and the woman who has been her Personal Assistant and Senior Dresser for more than two decades: Angela Kelly. It gives a rare insight into the demands of the job of supporting the Monarch, and we gain privileged insight into a successful working relationship, characterized by humor, creativity, hard work, and a mutual commitment to service and duty. Angela is a talented and inspiring woman, who has captured the highlights of her long career with The Queen for us all to share." (Samantha Cohen, Assistant Private Secretary to The Queen (2011 - 2018)

"For the nearly seven decades of her reign, Her Majesty The Queen has used clothing to create a powerful visual identity that transcends fashion and has made her perhaps the most readily identifiable person on the planet. Angela Kelly, building on the work of the great designers and milliners who have worked with Her Majesty through the years - including couturiers Sir Norman Hartnell, Sir Hardy Amies, and Ian Thomas, and milliners such as Simone Mirman and Freddy Fox - brings her own imagination to bear on an iconic ‘uniform’ that suggests continuity and tradition, and ensures that the wearer is always the most visible person in a room or a crowd." (Anna Wintour, Vogue)

©2019 Angela Kelly (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Read the book!

No intonation. It’s a dry and boring listen. Hopefully the book reads better than the author. Sadly dull.

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Light and enjoyable for Anglophiles

Light and interesting book. It was very pleasant to hear about the queen’s wardrobe. She has become much more chic and fashionable in her later years and it’s clear that Angela Kelly is the reason. Good for her!

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Perhaps kindle would be better for this one.

This might have been a good book. But I could not listen anymore. Leave the narration to a professional. Not all writers can be good narrators

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Light in Content; Easy listen

Light in content, but interesting. Many nights I fall asleep while listening to a book and this was a good one for that purpose. The author has a gentle, yet monotone voice that kept my mind in the story, not on the days worries. The story was interesting 'enough.'

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amazing book

I absolutely loved this book. It was so well read. The details about working for her magesty were amazing. I really enjoyed it a lot. Angela Kelly did a great job reading it. I loved it.

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A joy to listen to

A joy to listen to. Its interesting to learn some of what goes on behind the scenes and the great care taken . Angela exudes warmth and goodness.

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Very Interesting

Absolutely enjoyed this book...Learned a lot about fashion design and the wonderful relationship Angela Kelly shares with HM...Read so many ridiculous stories in the media it was fun to learn more about HM from someone who loves and respects her. Highly recommend this book in audio...Angela did a wonderful job narrating it.

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No secrets revealed but a wonderful listen

Don’t expect to find anything out you probably don’t already know. This isn’t a book about spilling the tea. It is a wonderful memoir by a lady who has worked with Her Majesty The Queen for many years, and because of this she has many lovely stories to tell. I’ve listened a few times and will definitely listen more. Her work on Her Majesty’s wardrobe is fabulous and so is this little book. Fans of the Queen (like me) will love this.

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I enjoyed the story of how the Queen’s clothing was designed to so specifically fit each event and the culture of the people she reigned. I also enjoyed Angela Kelly’s rise to position of the queen’s designer. However it was annoying listening to her read her story. The click she makes at the end of words ending with the letter g is very distracting.

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Underwhelming

I have listened to dozens of audible books and have never felt the need to write a negative review. I was disappointed with my purchase and found this audiobook rather boring.