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VIDEO: Plymouth's Charlotte Holmes is crowned Miss England after beating rivals from across the UK

By Plymouth Herald  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

  • Charlotte Holmes, from Plymouth, named Miss England

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YESTERDAY, Plymouth. Today, England. Tomorrow, the World?

The rise and rise of former Face of Plymouth winner Charlotte Holmes has now seen the 23-year-old crowned Miss England after she beat 59 other competitors at a glitzy final.

Wearing a stunning blue gown Charlotte – Miss Devon – gulped down tears as she was presented with her crown and trophy.

Video courtesy www.pukaarnews.com

Speaking to The Herald, Charlotte, from Torpoint, said the win and its implications had not yet sunk in. "I've haven't quite come back to earth yet. I'm completely overwhelmed. I cried my eyes out because I wasn't expecting it."

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Accompanied by her parents and sister Charlotte said this was going to be her third – and last – shot at the title.

She said: "It was my last chance so it was a big thing to win it. I'm a pretty determined person and I don't get phased by defeat. You've just got to get back up and try again."

Her 'can-do' manner has won her fans across the globe include supermodel Elle Macpherson who hosted Britain's Next Top Model in 2010, where Charlotte gained fourth place. Elle broke down as Charlotte was forced to leave, saying on the programme: 'When she didn't make it through to the final three, it felt like a part of me was rejected.'

Charlotte said Elle had been a "big supporter", who had given her many words of encouragement, urging her to never give up.

"My parents had always taught me to keep trying. If at first you don't succeed...!"

Charlotte still recalls her first test photos for the Face of Plymouth in Drake Circus with Herald photographer John Allen, who went on to take her first portfolio at the Herald's photographic office.

Charlotte said: "I've been lucky enough to have met lots and lots of people who have been really positive. People like John and Elle have been really inspirational."

Today, Charlotte will be off to star in the Mauritius Carnival, a journey of great personal significance.

Charlotte said: "My gran, who's 92, is Mauritian and my dad's half half-Mauritian. There's a lot of family history for me there. It will be amazing to go and see her roots."

Later this summer Charlotte head off for the Miss World competition in China with the final in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, in August.

Be at the Face of Plymouth 2012 final on July 21 – all the details on page 15.

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  • dauber  |  June 28 2012, 4:39PM

    Hey Lotte, doctor say it's ok for me to mix with people again, care for a date?

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  • jannersontour  |  June 28 2012, 2:52PM

    The lady in the white dress did very well considering her wooden leg. Picture No.4.

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  • CornishPirate  |  June 28 2012, 2:14PM

    "Caked up and faked up, she's obsessed with the outside"

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  • BettyD  |  June 28 2012, 1:59PM

    niugnepyzarc...............what I said was, she was the most natural looking girl on the night. The two either side of her wore far more make-up than she did. Anyway, it doesn't matter because if you knew her you'd know what a lovely young lady she is, with or without her ' slap ' WELL DONE again Charlotte, take no notice of those negative comments

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  • josephlouei  |  June 28 2012, 12:30PM

    We are PROUD of you Charlotte, Joseph x

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  • notamistake  |  June 28 2012, 11:50AM

    you are thinking about someone else...she wasn't as pretty and was blonde I believe...

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  • Jannercide  |  June 28 2012, 11:12AM

    Is this the same woman that was in the Herald a few years ago for lying about her age in beauty contests or am I thinking of someone else?

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  • notamistake  |  June 28 2012, 9:34AM

    She's stunning, clearly the best lady won...

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  • Glidiator  |  June 28 2012, 9:30AM

    How can she be "Miss Plymouth" & "Miss Devon" when she is from "Torpoint"???? Last time I looked, Torpoint was in "Cornwall"!!!!! Answers to my question appreciated please?

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  • Anotherbloke  |  June 28 2012, 5:16AM

    Good looking Chick - nice to see a gal from Plymouth following her own dream

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