Meet the Queen’s inner circle – Corrie’s loving seamstress, secret weapon and doting niece

After reports said the Queen had a ‘constant stream of lunches and dinners with her family and friends as she didn’t want to dine alone’, we look at those friends and family members who are believed to be around her.

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With the Queen having spent a night in hospital last week and canceled a trip to Northern Ireland, there are fears her work diary may be too busy.

But according to a new report, her diary has been just as busy lately.

According to the Sunday Times, the 95-year-old monarch has recently had a “constant stream of lunches and dinners with family and friends, as the Queen does not want to dine alone”.

She is also said to have spent time with her friend Mabel Anderson, a former royal nanny who cared for the Queen’s children while watching TV together.

The Queen at a reception for global business leaders last week



A source told the Sunday time : “The Queen calls her sometimes and Mabel goes to watch television with her. They are very cozy.”

But who else would be among the Queen’s other close friends and relatives? Here we take a look…

Angela Kelly

The Queen at a London Fashion Week 2018 event with Dame Anna Wintour and royal dressmaker Angela Kelly (right)


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Angela is a Liverpool-born seamstress who has worked for the Queen for over 25 years.

And besides being one of the most trusted members of her team, she’s also a very dear friend.

She worked as a housekeeper for the British Ambassador to Germany before getting a job in the royal household.

In 2012, the Queen made her a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order and she is the only person who has been authorized to write books about the Queen. Her first focused on her fashion around the Jubilee and the second was a more personal account of her work so close to the monarch.

Speaking to The Telegraph, Angela previously said: “I love the Queen and everything about her. She has brought me closer to her over the years. I would never overstep the bar and I stay in admiration before the queen.”

Earlier this year, the Queen brought Angela on a visit to the Coronation Street set as she is an avid fan of the soap and is believed to occasionally watch episodes of it with Her Majesty.

Lady Susan Hussey

Lady Susan Hussey with the Queen and her racing director John Warren


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Lady Susan is a lady-in-waiting to the Queen and accompanied her in the car when she arrived at the funeral of her beloved husband Prince Philip in April.

The Queen is believed to have personally asked Lady Susan, 81, to sit with her in the car.

She joined the Royal Household in 1960 to help answer correspondence and according to Tatlerwas affectionately known in the office as ‘Number One Head Girl’.

Lady Susan is also Prince William’s godmother and is also said to be a friend of Prince Charles.

Lady Pamela Hicks

Princess Elizabeth, future Queen Elizabeth II, with her husband Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh, on their wedding day, November 1947


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The Queen’s second cousin and former lady-in-waiting, Lady Pamela has served the monarch for decades.

She is the daughter of Lord Mountbatten, cousin of Prince Philip, and was also a Maid of Honor to the Queen when she married in 1947.

The 92-year-old was also a guest at her coronation and would have been a strong form of support throughout her reign.

speaking on an ITV documentary Lady Pamela described the Queen as “extremely loyal and totally selfless” while praising her sense of duty.

She said: “To have known the Queen is to admire her more than anyone. She has always accepted whatever she is supposed to do.”

Sophie Wessex

The Queen with her daughter-in-law Sophie Wessex at Royal Ascot in 2019


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As the wife of the Queen’s youngest son, Prince Edward, Sophie is not an elder member of the family, but is often described as their “secret weapon”.

Personally, the Queen has invited her to go to several church services together and they are said to watch old movies together.

The monarch is also extremely close to Sophie’s children, her youngest grandchildren – Lady Louise and Viscount James.

An insider told The Sun: ‘The Queen loves that Louise and James are enjoying their time at Balmoral, and she has become particularly close to Louise, who seems to have become her favorite granddaughter, followed closely by James.’

Lady Sarah Chatto

Lady Sarah Chatto with her son Arthur and husband Daniel alongside Autumn and Peter Phillips


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Lady Sarah Chatto is the daughter of the Queen’s late sister, Princess Margaret, making her the monarch’s niece.

The pair are said to have a special bond and according to the Daily mailshe is the only guest ever allowed to accompany the monarch to her favorite hideaway, Craigowan Lodge on the Balmoral Estate.

A royal aide told the newspaper: “The Queen adores Sarah and seeks her company as often as possible. She is her favorite young royal.

“They are extremely comfortable in each other’s company. Lots of laughter can be heard when together. They share a sense of loyalty, fun, duty and ridicule.”

Princess Alexandra

Princess Alexandra, 84, is a younger cousin of the Queen and was one of her bridesmaids on her wedding day.

The two are believed to have been close companions since childhood, with Alexandra regularly supporting the Queen during official engagements.

Speaking on the documentary Princess Alexandra: The Queen’s Confidant, royal biographer Hugo Vickers said: “The most successful members of the family are those who do not compete with the Queen but support her, and she is part of that category.”

Alexandra was also one of 30 family members chosen to attend Prince Philip’s funeral in April.

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