In an excerpt from her new book, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe, shared with Hello magazine, Angela said she is forever rummaging through the “bargain basket”.
The dressmaker said that the Queen is quite partial to a bright pop of colour, which is evident by her wardrobe, so she is forever looking for “vibrant fabrics”.
She recalled how on one occasion she nearly missed her flight in Singapore after she went on a mission to find a deal on a silk fabric.
“I had collected our parcels of silk, I went to make the payment and the stall owners advised me that I could claim tax back on the purchase,” Kelly explained in the book.
She went on to say the Queen is also keen to keep costs down, so she went to find someone who could help her claim the tax.
“As I was getting the tax back, another member of the royal staff rushed up to me in a panic, shouting that we had to go straight away as the plane was leaving right that second,” she wrote.
“Soon I was running across the tarmac, flying up the steps to the plane just in time. I was so thrilled.”
The dressmaker concluded by saying she had never been so happy to board a plane, and when she told the Queen about the tax, she said the look on her face was “priceless”.