Queen Elizabeth "Fired" Her Best Friend Over A "Dead Bird" Prank
Queen Elizabeth joked that her dressmaker and close confidante was sacked after she played a prank on her. But what really happened?
Queen Elizabeth has been surrounded by friends throughout her life who provided her with support and guidance throughout her 70-year reign. One of the key figures around her was Her Majesty's stylist, Angela Kelly.
Angela Kelly has worked for the royal family for more than 25 years and released her book "The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe" in 2019 with the monarch's blessing.
The book is full of delightful anecdotes about their close relationship, one of which tells of a hilarious prank Angela Kelly pulled on Queen Elizabeth during their visit to Australia. According to her, the Queen even fired her for the moment because the joke was too inappropriate.
Angela Kelly traveled with Queen Elizabeth to Australia in 2006 for a royal tour. The Queen told her how much she wants to see the kookaburra birds, and Angela used this detail to prank the Queen on April Fool's Day.
Queen Elizabeth "Fires" Angela Kelly After The Prank
Kelly then bought a toy version of the bird and tricked the Queen. When she got back to the Governor's House where they were all staying, she said that she had placed the toy in a little cage on the balcony outside her room, thinking the Queen will enjoy the joke.
"I remember the Queen coming out and shouting, 'It's a kookaburra!' I went to open the cage and she screamed at me: 'No! Don't do that! It will fly!".
"Turning to her Majesty while trying to keep a straight face, I solemnly told her it was dead." Reportedly the Queen looked "horrified" until Angela revealed the prank.
"April Fool!" Angela told Queen Elizabeth.
The Queen is known for having a sense of humor and you can hardly fool her without it turning against you. Kelly then went on to say that the Queen looked at her and said something that shocked her: "She just said two words to me: You're sacked," the stylist recounted.
"I was laughing uncontrollably as her Majesty turned to His Royal Highness and said 'Do you know what she has just done to me? Angela has had me!'."
The Queen took the little toy back to Windsor Castle with her and it now lives on the back of the sofa in her private living room, Ms. Kelly added in her book.