Queen Elizabeth Only Wears Used Shoes and Her Reason Makes So Much Sense
When you’re the Queen of England, you have everything you want at your disposal. Queen Elizabeth has been on the throne since 1952, and in that time, no one had been more poised or firm. It is said that only those close to the Crowned Queen, including her dear friends and close family members get to see a real glimpse into her personality and her daily life.
And yet, despite her regal nature (and the fact that she has millions of dollars in her accounts), Queen Elizabeth has always been extremely practical. She was thrust on the throne at a very young age and she has had to weather storms within her family and in her country and territories during her reign.
Though the queen might have the “stiff upper lip” that Duchess Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are so desperate to shed — there are certainly proclivities about the queen, especially about her choices in wardrobe that are well known to the public.
All about Queen Elizabeth’s colorful matching suits
These days, it’s very rare to see the queen wearing something other than her pastel suits with a matching hat. In fact, in the last several decades, she’s only been photographed wearing pants once, and that was in the 1970s. Though the queen doesn’t fancy herself a fashionista, she does choose her clothing and its colors for a very particular reason. As Her Majesty’s biographer Hugo Vickers once told The New York Times, “You have to be able to see that figure in a lemon coat and hat from far away.”
In the 2017 documentary The Queen at 90 — Queen Elizabeth’s daugher-in-law, Sophie, Countess of Wessex explained,
She needs to stand out for people to be able to say, ‘I saw the queen.’ Don’t forget that when she turns up somewhere, the crowds are two, three, four, 10, 15 deep and someone wants to be able to say they saw a bit of the queen’s hat as she went past.
Why does Queen Elizabeth only wear used shoes?
To be clear, the queen’s shoes aren’t hand-me-downs when she receives them. However, the Queen’s personal assistant and senior dresser, Angela Kelly, does wear-in her Majesty’s footwear to make sure that it’s comfy prior to the queen wearing them out and about for the day.
Hello reports that in Kelly’s forthcoming memoir, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, she writes,
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. And yes, I am that flunky. 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.
Apparently, the queen gave Kelly her permission to write the memoir. It’s the first time a current member of the royal household has been the green light to do anything like that.
What happens to Queen Elizabeth’s old shoes?
If they are still in wearable condition — like her clothes, Queen Elizabeth gives her shows to her dressers. From there, the dresser have the option to either wear the shoes and clothes, or sell them. However, if they choose to sell, they must go through some very deliberate procedures. In his book, Not Infront of the Corgis, Brian Hoey writes, “All of the labels found on the clothes are removed and anything that could possibly identify it as having come from royalty are obliterated.”
We’re still not sure how we’d feel about wearing shoes someone else broke in for us, but this is why we’re poor.