Queen Elizabeth, cut after a platinum jubilee, goes without a stick to Windsor Castle

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Queen Elizabeth II welcomes the summer season with the new new ‘do.

The reigning British monarch wore a shorter hairstyle in new photos released from meetings at Windsor Castle this week.

The 96-year-old met with Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby on Tuesday and then with Margaret Beazley, governor of New South Wales, on Wednesday. The queen’s hair seemed to be trimmed around her back and sides, unlike her longer appearance on June 2, when she attended the lighthouse lighting ceremony at the beginning of the platinum jubilee. The celebrations marked her 70th year on the throne.

Not only was Elizabeth all smiling with her guests, but she was spotted without a cane. The queen suffered from constant mobility problems, which reduced her appearance during the platinum jubilee.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II poses for photos with New South Wales Governor Margaret Beazley (R) during an audience at Windsor Castle, Windsor, on June 22, 2022.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II poses for photos with New South Wales Governor Margaret Beazley (R) during an audience at Windsor Castle, Windsor, on June 22, 2022.
(Photo by ANDREW MATTHEWS / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

Elizabeth’s close assistant, Angela Kelly, recently updated her bestseller book, entitled “The Other Side of the Medal: Queen, Chest of Drawers, and Wardrobe.” In it, Kelly looked back on the Queen’s life during the coronavirus pandemic and how she took on the role of cutting and adjusting Elizabeth’s hair.

Kelly, the Queen’s personal stylist and seamstress, is known for being one of Elizabeth’s closest trustees.

“From March 2020 onwards, I washed the Queen’s hair every week, set it up and styled it, and even cut it when needed,” Kelly wrote, quoting People magazine. “My team called it Kelly’s Salon.”

In the book, Kelly admitted she was nervous about being in charge of the queen’s hair.

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Britain's Queen Elizabeth II wore a shorter time for the summer.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II wore a shorter time for the summer.
(Photo by ANDREW MATTHEWS / POOL / AFP via Getty Images)

“During the first two weeks, I was shaking,” she wrote. “I only did her hair once or twice while I was aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia. The Queen was so kind when she advised me on a very specific way of putting on roller skates.”

Kelly noted that it didn’t take Elizabeth long to say exactly what she wanted.

As I grew in confidence, I’m sure the Queen thought I was a professional and started yelling at me, ‘Don’t do it, do it like this. That’s right, you have it, don’t change it,’ “she thought.” I thought, ‘God , I need gin and tonic. ‘ While the queen was under the dryer, I told her, ‘I’m going for a hard drink because this is so stressful, to make you feel really good.’ “

Kelly said she used “a whole can of hairspray to make sure it would last a week.”

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Queen Elizabeth II receives the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Windsor Castle, where he presented her with a special ‘Canterbury Cross’ for her ‘tireless’ service to the Church of England over 70 and a quote for the cross, presented as a framed piece of calligraphy on June 21, 2022 in Windsor, England.

Queen Elizabeth II receives the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby at Windsor Castle, where he presented her with a special ‘Canterbury Cross’ for her ‘tireless’ service to the Church of England over 70 and a quote for the cross, presented as a framed piece of calligraphy on June 21, 2022 in Windsor, England.
(Photo by Andrew Matthews – WPA Pool / Getty Images)

“The routine was set then, and Lucy had gin and tonic ready and was waiting for me every time I went back upstairs,” she added.

This would not be the last time Kelly was under pressure to get the queen’s appearance correct. She was in charge of the royal mane for the queen’s special address to the nation in April 2020 and again for the monarch’s Christmas speech.

“I had to wash and style her hair and in the end, it has nothing to do with one gin and tonic – I needed a whole bottle!” Kelly said of the TV appearance in April 2020. “The Christmas broadcast was another reason to reach for the giant. Every time the queen was without a hat it was stressful because there was nowhere to hide, so I had to make her perfect hair. “

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is preparing to touch the globe of the Commonwealth to begin lighting the main lighthouse outside Buckingham Palace in London, from the quadrangle at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, as part of a platinum jubilee celebration on June 2, 2022, in Windsor, England.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is preparing to touch the globe of the Commonwealth to begin lighting the main lighthouse outside Buckingham Palace in London, from the quadrangle at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London, as part of a platinum jubilee celebration on June 2, 2022, in Windsor, England.
(Photo by Steve Parsons-Pool / Getty Images)

Kelly said that as the Queen’s meetings became virtual, she became busier than expected.

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“Zooming has become a part of the Queen’s life and Kelly’s Salon has become very busy,” she said. “Luckily, I only had one client!”

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