Our special commemorative edition is published on 23 September 2022 as a tribute to Queen Elizabeth II by Illustrated London News (ILN), the parent company of SPHERE. In addition to rare archive material, tributes to The Queen and our lead article by the royal commentator and author Robert Hardman, The Illustrated Queen Elizabeth includes priceless anecdotes from hairdresser Lino Carbosiero MBE of Daniel Galvin. Our publication's distinction is the rich archive material, combined with some new gems, such as Lino's hair-raising experiences at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace.
A personal tribute to The Queen from the hairdresser on standby
Lino Carbosiero has stood in for The Queen’s appointed hairdresser, Ian Carmichael, on the rare occasions he was not available. He was put forward by Angela Kelly, the Queen's Senior Dresser, and a client of Lino's. We are now able to mention this connection – previously it was "Ma'am's the word". The Queen's hairstyle was distinctive, and it's astonishing she didn't have a proper blow-dry over the years.
In his day job, Lino tends the locks of his A-list celebrity clients – over the years from Adele to Paul McCartney to Sharon and Kelly Osbourne to the late Helen McCrory, and the Queen’s 12th Prime Minister, David Cameron and his wife Samantha, with Lino making regular visits to Downing Street.
So I'm feeling a little proud that my own locks have been tended by the hairdresser, who has tended the Queen's locks, and he even shampooed those sovereign locks, which caused him a degree of panic. He is also special to me as we were born on the same day of the same year (such year not to be revealed). But more to the point, Lino makes everybody's hair look wonderful, no matter if you are Queen, Adele or a humble, unknown working commoner, such as me. He makes us all feel like queens.
Her Majesty deserves a blow dry in heaven.