Hairdresser sells gifts from royalty, including Prince Charles



Camilla’s personal hairdresser sells valuable gifts, including a silver money clip given to her by Prince Charles – because they “clutter” her house.

Stylist Hugh Green also whips up an engraved silver Tiffany champagne cork presented to him by client and close friend Joan Collins.

Hugh’s talent and discretion put him above the rest in London after opening his Belgravia salon in the 1970s.

The 77-year-old has received gifts and trinkets from several of his famous clients, including movie stars and royalty.

He became Camilla’s personal stylist and confidant and dressed her hair up for her engagement photos with Prince Charles.

A collection of the gifts he received during his 50-year career went under the hammer on Saturday.

A collection of Halcyon Days boxes, most donated by King Hussein of Jordan, and Bilston boxes.

The auctioneers have revealed that he is selling the items while ‘decluttering’ his home in London.

The lots include a silver Tiffany champagne stopper engraved with the words ‘With love Joan’ which Joan Collins gave him while playing in the hit TV series Dynasty, which is expected to cost between £ 100 and £ 200.

Another gift is a sterling silver money clip featuring the Prince of Wales feather, which is also expected to sell for between £ 100 and £ 200.

Prince Charles presented Hugh with the clip as a thank you for styling Camilla’s hair for their engagement celebrations in 2005.

Other gifts from royalty include a set of Cartier silver cufflinks in an original case which was a gift from Princess Michael of Kent.

Joan Collins Love Engraved Tiffany Silver Champagne Stopper

It is sold with a Halcyon Days box representing Nether Lypiatt Manor. The estimate for both items is £ 150 to £ 200.

Under the hammer are also two silver paper knives that King Hussein of Jordan handed to the stylist (£ 50-100) and a set of Du Pont watches and lighter pens (£ 150-250).

Hugh, from Portsmouth, has worked as a hairdresser for over 50 years – and he still works.

Du Pont lighter pen and watch set, a gift from King Hussein of Jordan

His wife Jillie said: “Hugh’s exceptional career was not only based on his talent, but also on his concern for discretion at all times.

“His reputation grew in London at a time when life was so much more glamorous.

“Balls and dances were held regularly and royal state visits were always on the calendar.

Halcyon Days box representing Nether Lypiatt Manor

“In addition to his own royal and high society clientele, he was often called upon to deal with visiting royalty from around the world.

“In 1976 he opened his salon in Ebury Street, London, and soon after Anna Harvey, then Vogue’s deputy editor, asked Hugh to do a photoshoot for the magazine to announce Prince Michael’s engagement. from Kent to Countess Marie Christine von Reibnitz.

“So he went to Vienna for the wedding in 1978 and looked after Princess Anne and Princess Alexandra as well as the bride, now Princess Michael of Kent.

“Princess Alexandra and Hugh have kept in touch and he has traveled with her extensively in Hong Kong and Bangkok and on royal tours to Canada, Australia and Japan aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia.

Cartier cufflinks in silver and Halcyon Days box, gifts from Princess Michael of Kent.

“He also traveled to Amman, Jordan, to look after Queen Noor’s hair during the reign of King Hussein.

“He was introduced to Camilla Parker Bowles ahead of her engagement to Prince Charles and then dressed her hair for their engagement, a civil ceremony at Windsor Guildhall and a blessing at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

Paper knives mounted in silver, a gift from King Hussein of Jordan

“Since then he has traveled a lot with them on royal tours.

Chris Kirkham, Associate Director of Hansons Auctioneers which manages the sale, said: “It is a privilege to manage the sale of items with such a rich provenance and to highlight Hugh’s impressive career.



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