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If you've ever wondered where Queen Elizabeth sourced her marvellous collection of hats... well, we have Ian Bennett to partially thank for that.

Bennett is a milliner who has had the opportunity to design hats for the Queen on multiple occasions, including for her Diamond Jubilee in 2012.

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He appeared on Today to chat about his experience working with Her Majesty, and the number one thing he remembers from their first meeting? That she had "amazingly blue eyes and the most incredible smile you ever could see".

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in central London, to conclude the four-day Diamond Jubilee celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne. © AP/AAP Queen Elizabeth II and Prince William appear on the balcony of Buckingham Palace in central London, to conclude the four-day Diamond Jubilee celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the throne.

Bennett admitted that he was incredibly nervous when he had the honour of meeting Queen Elizabeth. "It's very strange," he said. "When you actually meet the Queen it's almost like the cogs in your brain are saying 'Oh my God that's the Queen, that is the Queen, that's the Queen, that is the Queen, that's the Queen' and you are trying not to fluff it up or say anything stupid."

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But nothing could compare to the pride he had, seeing his creation atop the monarch's head.

"When you see your hat there on the table surrounded by things it's one thing, but when you actually see it out there in the world, especially on the Queen, it doesn't get better than that," he gushed.

Queen Elizabeth had input on the design and colour of her hats. © Getty Queen Elizabeth had input on the design and colour of her hats.

It turns out, there's a lot of factors that go into the design of one of the Queen's hats – It's not just about choosing a nice colour.

Bennett revealed that there's a whole design process, with a lot of things that determine how the piece is created.

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The milliner worked with Angela Kelly, who served as Senior Dresser to the Queen for the last two decades.

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Queen Elizabeth had a lot of influence in the way her clothing and accessories were designed, he revealed. "Angela and the Queen had very many discussions about what was going to happen. Angela is very, very good at considering where the Queen is going to be, so how she needs to be seen."

It turns out, there's a lot of factors that go into the design of one of the Queen's hats – It's not just about choosing a nice colour. © Getty It turns out, there's a lot of factors that go into the design of one of the Queen's hats – It's not just about choosing a nice colour.

Bennett worked on the hat that the Queen wore in the 2012 Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. "Angela knows things like what the boat was going to look like in the pageant and what its main colours were, so as not to disappear into the background. She wants the Queen to always be seen, especially in a distant situation like the pageant."

"So the white outfit really stood out for her, so people on the banks of the Thames so they could see her from the sides. Things like that, little insignificant details are actually really considered," he said.

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Angela Kelly, the Queen's Senior Dresser, became very close with Her Majesty. The Queen once said of their relationship, "We could be sisters".

Kelly had been employed by the Queen since 1994 and was the first member of the royal household to be given the OK to write about their experiences on the job.

In a 2007 interview with The Telegraph , Kelly likened her relationship with the Queen as "two typical women" who "discuss clothes, make-up, jewellery".

The Queen with Anna Wintour and Angela Kelly © Getty The Queen with Anna Wintour and Angela Kelly

"I don't know why the Queen seems fond of me – because I don't give her an easy time," Kelly said.

"I do think she values my opinion, but she is the one who is in control. I do worry about her and care about her. But we also have a lot of fun together."

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