That’s why one employs servants

NOT the Queen’s boots

The Queen has someone to wear her shoes in before she puts them on to ensure she is never in discomfort, her stylist has revealed.

Stewart Parvin, who has designed Queen Elizabeth II’s dresses for 11 years, said it was right she should go to such lengths because she could never decide to change her shoes half way through an official engagement.

He also disclosed that the Queen wears an extra shoulder pad on one side to disguise a slight imbalance and has a team of dressers who meticulously record the outfit she wears for every engagement to ensure she never repeats herself.

Mr Parvin discussed the extreme care and attention to detail behind the acclaimed success of the Queen’s wardrobe during her sixty years on the throne in an interview with the Sunday Times…

He said: “[The shoes] have to be immediately comfortable … she does get someone to wear them. The Queen can never say ‘I’m uncomfortable, I can’t walk any more.’ She has the right to have someone wear them in.”

Part of Queen Elizabeth’s secret which is down to nature rather than her entourage is that she does not perspire, ensuring that she never looks flustered or creased, he added…

To ensure that no outfit is ever used twice for the same occasion, the Queen’s dressers keep a computer spreadsheet which lists every item she wears alongside the date, time and details of the engagement.

Even the jewellery and accessories used to complete the ensemble are noted down meaning that the Queen can “mix and match”, allowing her to reuse her favourite clothes while always appearing to be wearing something new.

Isn’t that special?

Well, no. It’s what anyone with an excess of money might do.