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Late Queen Elizabeth II’s Stylist Remembers Fulfilling Her Wish Of Posing In Pockets. Here’s Proof That We Queens Need Dresses With Pockets!

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Pockets have often been regarded as a statement of luxury in womenswear. Every time I take a stroll in the aisles of my favourite fashion brands, what always is received with a surprise on my face and the urge to dig a hole in my hand-picked outfit is the absence of pockets. For all the times, I deposit a stack of fabric to my mom’s boutique, a mention about not just one but two pockets is a matter of frown for her team of tailors. Imagine, having your own boutique and still struggling with pants that come with sealed sides and no tunnel to let your hands rest. This is the sartorial pain that women across the globe suffer, as they head out to shop. 

Besides a pair of pants that finds itself in a list of gender-neutral clothing, the absolute dearth of pocketed-womenswear has become an issue for designers to tackle with. For many, this concerns them as a trendsetting element, that will find them customers. With respect to Indian couturiers, the idea of festive-appropriate silhouettes, designed with deep pockets, is like serving a dream on a platter. The rising demand has led to celebrity showstoppers walking in pocketed lehengas and ballroom gowns on both the runways and red carpets. 

And as we continue to hop on websites that deliver both design and functionality, this interesting information about the late Queen Elizabeth II has our attention. Mentioning an excerpt of the late queen’s dresser–Angela Kelly, the tweet explains to the unversed about her relationship with pockets. In a special remembrance note, Angela shared the queen’s “secret wish” about posing with pockets, in at least one of her photographs. With a love for pocketed garments and a habit of resting her hands in each one of them, the queen’s gesture was always protested by both her mother and grandmother. Even while growing up, Queen’s own advisers insisted she never poses with her hands in her pockets, as it simply did not look great. 

This led to the royals sealing every pocket that made its way to the queen’s closet. As revealed by the former monarch’s wish to pose with hands in her pocket in 2012, Kelly proposed the idea of fulfilling the Queen’s childhood dream. Hence, in a private photoshoot with respect to a project for the Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Queen was photographed with hands stuffed deep in her pockets. The joy reflecting on his face was revealed in a series of pictures, as also shared by Kelly in her 2019 book–The Other Side Of The Coin: The Queen the Dresser and the Wardrobe. For the D-day, a white twill dress was chosen for the queen to pose in. However, the silhouette missed out on the most important element–the pockets. Putting her skills to work, Kelly decided to loan some fabric from the original dress material and sew two pockets for the queen. Checkout some of these twitter reactions to the pictures.

Also Read: Queen Elizabeth II’s Death: What Is The Official Protocol To Be Followed Now That The Queen Is Dead?


While the Royals were still not happy about the idea, we feel it’s great that at least the queen got her long-wished pocketed portraits. 

Image Credits: Twitter

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