The Queen of England is going fur-free. The monarch’s senior dresser, Angela Kelly, made the revelation in her recent memoir, The Other Side of the Coin: The Queen, the Dresser and the Wardrobe.
“If Her Majesty is due to attend an engagement in particularly cold weather, from 2019 onwards fake fur will be used to make sure she stays warm,” the queen’s employee of 25 years divulged.
A Buckingham Palace representative told the Telegraph, “As new outfits are designed for the Queen, any fur used will be fake.” She will still wear her existing furs and ceremonial robes, but with so many beautiful faux fur options available, it should not be hard for the Queen and her dressers to continue in her tradition of glamour and sophistication.
Many U.S. cities and countries including Great Britain have taken steps to ban fur farming, and fashion companies are following suit. Animals slaughtered for their fur are kept in frightful conditions, left to suffer without veterinary care and cruelly slaughtered — often skinned alive.
The executive director of Humane Society International Claire Bass applauded the Queen for her decision. “Queen Elizabeth’s decision to ‘go faux’ is the perfect reflection of the mood of the British public, the vast majority of whom detest cruel fur, and want nothing to do with it,” said Bass. “Our Head of State going fur-free sends a powerful message that fur is firmly out of fashion and does not belong with Brand Britain.”