“As new outfits are designed for The Queen, any fur used will be fake."

By Stacey Leasca
November 06, 2019

Queen Elizabeth has always been a fashion icon, but her latest clothing decision may be her best one yet.

Angela Kelly, who has worked for the Queen for more than two decades as her senior dresser, is spilling all of the Queen’s fashion secrets in her new book, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe. And those secrets include the fact that as of 2019, the Queen has removed all real fur from her closet.

In the book, Kelly shared, "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."

Buckingham Palace confirmed the fashion change, however, it noted the Queen’s historic outfits would keep their fur intact and she won't be getting rid of anything she already owns.

“As new outfits are designed for The Queen, any fur used will be fake," a palace spokesperson told Good Morning America. "We are not suggesting that all fur on existing outfits will be replaced, or that The Queen will never wear fur again. The Queen will continue to re-wear existing outfits in her wardrobe.”

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It’s a fashion decision Claire Bass, executive director of animal charity Humane Society International/UK, is thrilled about.

"Queen Elizabeth's decision to 'go faux' is the perfect reflection of the mood of the British public, the vast majority of whom detest cruel fur, and want nothing to do with it," she told CNN. Bass added that the Queen’s decision will send "a powerful message that fur is firmly out of fashion."

The Queen’s new no-fur rule isn’t the only secret Kelly spills in her new book. She also shared that the Queen quite enjoyed her controversial hug with former First Lady Michelle Obama back in 2009.

"When fondness is felt or the host of a State Visit goes to guide her Majesty up some steps, it truly is about human kindness and this is something the Queen will always welcome warmly," she wrote.