With conspiracy theories that important figures like US First Lady Melania Trump have secret body doubles, many royal fans have been wondering if the Queen herself has one. However, the answer isn’t so simple.
While the Queen does have a similar set up, she technically does not have a body double.
There is currently no individual who attends engagements in the Queen’s place or pretend to be the monarch.
However, Ms Ella Slack has played an important role as a behind-the-scenes “stand in” for the Queen over the past three decades.
Just about everything Her Majesty does has to be rehearsed and prepared for.
Many royal fans have been wondering if the Queen has a body double
Ella Slack has played an important role as a behind-the-scenes “stand in” for the Queen over the past three decades
However, Queen Elizabeth II is often too busy to attend every run-through and rehearsal.
This is when Ella Slack gets called in.
“I’ve probably been a ‘stand in’ Queen more than fifty times,” she told Great Big Story.
However, Ms Slack insists she is not a royal lookalike.
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There is just a 2-inch difference in height between Ella Slack and the Queen
“I’m not a lookalike – I don’t look like the Queen – but I’m the same sort of stature and height.”
With similar hairstyles, body types and just a 2-inch difference in height, Ella Slack and the Queen are similar in all the ways that matter for a stand-in.
Ms Slack’s role is to help event organisers, stage managers, and production workers figure out exactly how the Queen will fit into important events.
“It started because I was at the BBC and the producer that was doing the cenotaph came to see me and said that the Queen had sent a message to say that when she stood at the cenotaph, the sun was in her eyes and could we do anything about it,” Ms slack explained.
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That first stand-in role led to more jobs, which even included riding in the Queen’s royal carriage
“I said to him, ‘Would you like me to come and stand in the position for you’, because all the stage managers were six-foot men!”
That first stand-in role led to more jobs, which even included riding in the Queen’s royal carriage and attending the rehearsal of the state opening of parliament.
As Ms Slack of course isn’t the Queen, she still must follow certain protocols.
She added: “I’ve never been allowed to sit on the throne at the House of Lords, I have to lurk above it. It’s a very strict rule.”
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However, she is allowed to give the iconic royal wave while riding in the Queen’s carriage.
Over the years, Ms Slack has stood in for the Queen at a whole host of important events, many of which were then televised around the world – with the actual Queen, of course.
When that happens, she is usually among the millions of people tuning in at home and gets a great deal of pride knowing she helped make it happen.
“I watch the programs going out and see her there and think, ‘I did it for you’,” she said.
Ms Slack’s role is to help event organisers, stage managers, and production workers figure out exactly how the Queen will fit into important events
Of course, the Queen’s work has changed drastically during the coronavirus pandemic, with the monarch isolating with Prince Philip in her own bubble.
The royals are only now returning to in-person events.
Even as the Queen starts to venture out of isolation for socially distanced engagements, it’s unlikely royal fans will see her at any major events in the near future.
However, when when the royals do return to big engagements, it’s likely Ella Slack will be the one rehearsing for Her Majesty in the days leading up to it.