The life and work of Queen Elizabeth II interested people all over the world for years. Some information, even after the death of the age-old monarchs, can surprise you.
Like the fact that the queen had her … double. For 30 years, this unique role was played by Ella Slack. She was one of those employed by the royal family and the importance of her work was invaluable.
For 30 years, she was responsible for ensuring that during key moments during the Queen’s official speeches, everything was as it should be.
But what exactly was her task and why was it so important?
Queen Elizabeth II made many official appearances in her life, which are now difficult to count. State ceremonies, receptions with heads of other countries, audiences – all these situations were always preceded by rehearsals.
However, Queen Elizabeth II herself was not there. It was then that Ella Slack was showing up. For 30 years, her task during rehearsals was to test the microphone settings, whether it is at the right height, whether the seat for Queen Elizabeth II is adapted to her posture, or at least when the queen was to appear on the stage, whether the sun would not be there. shine in her eyes.
Ella Slack has had at least several dozen such trials in her life, and she got her job by … by accident!
“I worked at the BBC as head of the sports section and royal ceremonies. One of the directors who broadcast the Memorial Day asked for more time for rehearsals because he got a message from the Palace that during one of the ceremonies the sun was shining the queen in the eyes as she stood during two minutes of silence So then I offered to stand in this place where the queen would be standing and the cameramen and photographers would be able to practice the shots Later she started participating in more rehearsals and now all the situations where Elizabeth II and the BBC shows up are practiced first on me “- said Ella Slack in an interview with Anna Senkara for” Dzień Dobry TVN “in 2017.-
Today, 79-year-old Ellea Slack will remain unemployed, but her years of service to the Queen herself are invaluable. Despite her important role, Ella Slack never met the Queen and had no opportunity to talk to her.
“I was sitting at Buckhingham Palace once, it was rehearsal for dinner. She came downstairs to see what we were doing,” only Ella Slack recalled.
This was the only time Ella Slack had seen a monarch from afar.
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