Devonshire cream: Former Britain's Next Top Model contestant Charlotte Holmes is crowned Miss England 2012
12:57 GMT, 27 June 2012
Nervously fidgeting with hemlines and re-adjusting beehives, the sixty beauty-queen finalists of the Miss England 2012 competition waited impatiently.
Then finally former Britain's Next Top Model contestant Charlotte Holmes from Devon was announced as the winner.
The 23-year-old Miss Devon shed tears of joy as she accepted her crown and held up her trophy on stage at the Athena in Leicester.
Dressed in a sparkly blue gown with a thigh-high split she managed to dry her eyes before being joined on stage by runner-up Anastasia Smith, Miss North Yorkshire, and third place Tamzin Cummings, Sunderland People's Choice.
Tears of joy: New Miss England Charlotte Holmes, a former contestant on Britain's Next Top Model, sheds tears of happiness after accepting her sash and putting on the red and white tiara
Trophy girl: Charlotte will now fly to Mauritius to work on an advertising campaign for Fiesta
Inspiring: Charlotte said in the run up to the finals that the contest was 'a fantastic way to celebrate ambitious young women'
In the run-up to the final Miss Holmes said on her entry page on the Miss England website that the
competition was 'a fantastic way to celebrate inspirational, ambitious,
young women' and that she will put every energy into making England
proud of their contestant in Miss World.
Miss Holmes, who was a contestant on the sixth cycle of the popular reality show, may be advised to celebrate in
moderation as her Miss England duties will start immediately when she is
whisked away to Mauritius in the morning to promote a campaign for
She had already been named a favourite in the finals alongside Katie Price's protegee 19-year-old Amy Willerton, who won television show Signed /06/27/article-2165252-13CDEDAF000005DC-762_470x729.jpg” width=”470″ height=”729″ alt=”Charlotte celebrates with her mother after being handed her crown” class=”blkBorder” />
Delighted: The new Miss England celebrated with her mother after collecting her crown
Showing off her tanned pins in an Angelina Jolie style thigh-high slit in her sparkly blue dress, Miss England 2012 took her place on her throne
Miss Devon, Charlotte Holmes, centre, shares a big smile with first runner-up Miss North Yorkshire, Anastasia Smith, right second runner-up Sunderland People's Choice, Tamzin Cummings, left
Charlotte during the eco-catwalk fashion show, left, in a creation she designed out of a second-hand dress and later, right, during the Great Lengths Hair walk
Favourite to win: As a former Britain's Next Top model contestant 23-year-old Miss Holmes' name was on everybody's lips from day one of the finals
The final catwalk included an eco-catwalk show where the finalists had to design their own ‘green outfit’.
The round was introduced five years ago as an 'antidote' to the scrapped bikini round.
Miss Holmes was not without competition – the list of finalists included serving police officer Alice Nicholas, 22, Chelsie Griffin, 21, a GB kickboxer, and 18-year-old Coral Beary, captain of a women's football team.
The new Miss England will take over from Alize Mounter, 23, from Kensington and is also entered in Miss World which will be held later this year.
Runners up: Tamzin Cummings, Miss Sunderland: People's Choice; RIGHT, Anastasia Smith, Miss North Yorkshire
Yellow peril: Katie Price protege Amy Willerton put in an impressive performance as Miss London but it wasn't enough to secure her the crown
The finalists of Miss England 2012 strut their stuff for the judges in the colours of their country – even down to the high heels
National pride: The sixty girls accessorised their St George's flag inspired outfits with fascinators as they showed off their walk on the stage
The contestants wearing some very enviable creations during the evening-gown round at the Athena Hotel being applauded by the spectators