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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 audiobook 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.

©2019 Angela Kelly (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

"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, characterised by humour, 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)

"Full of gems.... Angela Kelly is a jewel in the crown." (Daily Telegraph)

"The book is a trove of warm and insightful anecdotes." (Daily Mail)

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Despite previous reviews... a good listen

I cannot agree with some of the spiteful comments made in previous reviews. This is a working class lady who by her own talent and serendipity, found herself working closely with Her Majesty the Queen, This book did not need "an actor" to read it. It has far more authenticity BECAUSE it has been read by the Angela Kelly herself, The Queen obviously has no problem with Angela's accent or voice, so why should anybody else judge? I am enjoying this book for its content and the obvious warmth and affection this lady has for her employer; the most famous and most revered lady in the world. A girl from a two-up, two-down house in Liverpool sharing her wonderful anecdotes of a much loved monarch for whom she obviously has a deep affection and respect - and an insight and close relationship not enjoyed by any other individual. A privilege most others would die for! And I'm sure Her Majesty reciprocates these sentiments. Well done Angela!

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Excruciating to listen to

A good book ruined by bad delivery. Angela Kelly may bd a great dresser but she's a terrible orator. Should have lest it to a professional voice actor.

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Nice story but what a boring voice the narrator has she was far too slow.

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Wonderful

A wonderful book that gives you the rare opportunity to discover what the Queen is like in private.

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Shame about the narrator

Lovely, gently written book, shame she didn't choose a professional narrator. I can understand that she wants to narrate her own book, but she ends up sounding like an unsure child at some points.

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The other side of the coin.

Content good, but narration poor. Angela seemed too nervous to read with confidence and spirit. Unaware of her brilliant unique talents.

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Bit Dreary!

Spoke far too slowly. Sycophantic delivery - could have been so much more. I think we already knew much of the content

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monotone voice

worse narration ever ! Angela Kelly has the most irritating voice I have ever heard! thank god I didnt buy this version

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fab

I have the lovely book Angela Kelly wrote before and wanted this one too. but I knew I would read the words just look. so I decided to listen to it and take it I then buy the book. I wasnt disappointed. some of the words aren't pronounced correctly but that doesn't matter. great stories. well done !

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An interesting listen.

This was an enjoyable read and getting a glimpse into the other side of the queen was fascinating, well worth a read/listen to