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Heading to the Dubai sun for St. George’s Day celebrations, Miss England Charlotte Holmes recounts her year with the crown

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Published: Thu 25 Apr 2013, 12:24 PM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 5:38 AM

CROWNED IN JUNE last year, Charlotte Holmes is unfortunately nearing the end of her reign as Miss England. This is not a cause for concern, however, according to the 24-year old Londoner. Over the last few months the title has brought with it a plethora of responsibilities and once-in-a-lifetime experiences including the opportunity to represent her nation at the Miss World pageant in China and , becoming a spokeswoman for various charities. T and today she will be attending the always-jovial St. George’s Day Long Lunch at Tthe Westin in Dubai to celebrate the patron saint of her home country alongside English rugby legends Richard Hill and Neil Back.

Here she tells us more.

Being Miss England, this St George’s Day must be extra special for you?

It will be. I do something on the day every year, but travelling makes it more memorable. It’s a shame because it’s not really celebrated as much as it should be in England. I have to come all the way to Dubai to attend a function!. We seem to recognise St. Patrick’s Day more than Ireland does, which is odd. I think that should change.

What do you think would be a fitting way to celebrate back home?

More events along the lines of what we’re doing in Dubai. It’s a great way to raise money for charity. Employers could give their staff a long lunch and it could be a fundraiser.

How has your life changed since winning the Miss England title?

It has been the most amazing year. I have grabbed every opportunity that has come my way. I have met some amazing people and supported some amazing charities. There’s not one thing in particular I can pick out. Going to China for Miss World obviously stands out, but, then again, I was at a random event with Sir Alex Ferguson last week. That’s the sort of 12 months it has been.

What was it like in China? Was eighth place a satisfactory result?

There are 116 girls for the competition and I went there with no expectations. I wanted to enjoy every single second. For that reason I had an amazing time. I was really relaxed. I met some great people. I have a friend in 115 countries, not many people can say that. There are some girls who take it more seriously than others. I was there to do the best I could.

Do you think the more competitive girls were under pressure from their respective countries?

I think in different countries, especially the South American ones, there is a lot more pressure and they feel they have to perform. In England it is not recognised as much as it should be, which is sad because it’s a great opportunity for lots of ambitious girls to get together and make a statement.

A big part of your talent in China was demonstrating your sporting prowess., will that stand you in good stead taking to the stage with two rugby stars?

Absolutely. I’m not afraid of those guys. I’m just a fitness fan. I think fit, not skinny, is sexy. Since the Olympics, everyone is going for the Jessica Ennis look.

What do you plan to do once you have to pass on your crown?

I left school after my A-Levels and gave up my place at university. I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew I had to be in London and give modelling a shot. I have made quite a good career for myself and will continue to do that. I really enjoy my job.

I’d like to go into TV presenting. I have done a bit of it in the past few years. I just need to find the right job. Being a presenter for Sky Sports News would be my dream job.

The St George’s Day Long Lunch is taking place at The Westin, Dubai, today, April 25 from 12.30pm. For last-minute tickets visit

Heading to the Dubai sun for St. George’s Day celebrations, Miss England Charlotte Holmes recounts her year with the crown

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