Miss United Kingdom
Miss United Kingdom is a title held by the highest-ranked contestant from the UK in the Miss World pageant. The winner sometimes competes at Miss International the following year under the Britain or United Kingdom banner. From 1958-1999, Miss United Kingdom was a national beauty pageant held to choose a representative for the Miss World Pageant. In 1999, Scotland and Wales had their own contestants at Miss World, and in 2000, England and Northern Ireland sent their own representatives. The existing organization now runs the Miss England competition.
The pageant was created in 1958 by Eric Morley, the man behind the Miss World pageant. Before 1958, the winner of the Miss Great Britain contest would go on to represent the UK at the Miss World pageant, but from 1952-1957, none of the Miss GB title holders made the final seven at Miss World, so Morley decided to create the Miss United Kingdom contest in the hope of achieving better results at Miss World. From 1958-1999, the winner of Miss United Kingdom title would represent the UK at Miss World.
At Miss United Kingdom, traditionally there would be regional heats from the four constituent countries of the United Kingdom, these would take place early in the year. The winners of the respective Miss England, Miss Scotland and Miss Wales titles would compete in the summer at Miss Universe. The Miss UK contest would then take place featuring these titleholders plus a certain number of other top contestants from the regions, the winner would then go on to compete at the Miss World Contest in October/November. This meant that during the 60s, 70s and 80s, many British beauty queens competed at both the Miss Universe and Miss World contests.
Although England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have had separate representatives in other international pageants, Miss World did not allow this until the creation of separate Parliaments in the United Kingdom.
1999 was the year of the last Miss United Kingdom pageant, won by Nicola Willoughby, who competed as Miss UK at Miss World (the final woman to do so). The 1999 Miss World contest also saw the debuts of Scotland (represented by Stephanie Norrie) and Wales (represented by Clare Marie Daniels), so there was the unusual situation of having a Miss UK compete alongside Miss Scotland and Miss Wales. The following year, Julie Lee-Ann Martin became the first representative of Northern Ireland in the pageant while Michelle Walker was the first to compete as Miss England.
Since 2000, the Miss World Organization has announced the highest-ranking delegate of the four home nations at Miss World, as the winner of the Miss United Kingdom title. The winner receives a cash prize and has often represented the United Kingdom at the Miss International contest the following year. Since 2000, Scotland has the most Miss United Kingdom winners with 7, followed by Wales (3), England (2) and Northern Ireland (2).
|Year||Miss United Kingdom||Age||Represented||Miss World Placement||1st runner-up||Represented||2nd runner-up||Represented|
|2013||Kirsty Heslewood||24||England||Top 10 semi-final||—||—||—||—|
|2012||Sophie Moulds||19||Wales||1st Runner-up||Charlotte Holmes (Top 15 semi-final)||England||—||—|
|2011||Alize Lily Mounter||England||3rd Runner-up||Jennifer Reoch (6th-Runner-up)||Scotland||Finola Guinnane||Northern Ireland|
|2010||Nicola Mimnagh||23||Scotland||Top 25||Lori Moore (Top 25)||Northern Ireland||—||—|
|2009||Katharine Brown||22||Dunblane, Scotland||did not place||—||—||—||—|
|2008||Chloe-Beth Morgan||Wales||did not place||—||—||—||—|
|2007||Nieve Jennings||Scotland||did not place||—||—||—||—|
|2006||Nicola McLean||22||Scotland||Top 17 semi-final||Catherine Jean Milligan (Top 17 semi-final)||Northern Ireland||—||—|
|2005||Lucy Evangelista||19||Northern Ireland||Top 15 semi-final||—||—||—||—|
|2004||Amy Guy||20||Wales||Top 15 semi-final||—||—||—||—|
|2003||Nicci Jolly||Inverbervie, Scotland||did not place||—||—||—||—|
|2002||Gayle Williamson||Northern Ireland||did not place||—||—||—||—|
|2001||Juliet-Jane Horne||Aberdeen, Scotland||2nd Runner-up||—||—||—||—|
|2000||Michelle Watson||Scotland||did not place||—||—||—||—|
|1999||Nicola Willoughby||Lincoln, England||did not place||—||—||Emma Keenan||—|
|1998||Emmalene McLoughlin||Manchester, England||did not place||Joanne Salley||Northern Ireland||Katie Viggers||Birmingham|
|1997||Vicki-Lee Walberg||Blackpool, England||Top 10||Abby Essien||Lancaster||Sarah Smart||Leicestershire|
|1996||Rachael Liza Warner||Wales||did not place||—||—||—||—|
|1995||Shauna Marie Gunn||County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland||did not place||Angie Bowness||Sheffield||—||—|
|1994||Melanie Abdoun||London, England||Top 10||—||—||—||—|
|1993||Amanda Louise Johnson||Nottingham, England||did not place||—||—||—||—|
|1992||Claire Elizabeth Smith||Chester, England||1st Runner-up||—||—||—||—|
|1991||Johanne Elizabeth Lewis||Mansfield, England||did not place||—||—||—||—|
|1990||Helen Upton||Blackpool, England||did not place||—||—||—||—|
|1989||Suzanne Younger||Wales||Top 10||Racquel Jory||England||Victoria Lace||Scotland|
|1988||Kirsty Roper||Manchester, England||2nd Runner-up||Angela Newlands||Wolverhampton||Nicola Kidd||Peterborough|
|1987||Karen Mellor||Derby, England||did not place||Heather Daniels||Portsmouth||Helen Fairbrother||Swindon|
|1986||Alison Slack||Sheffield, England||Top 15||Joanne Sedgley||England||Suzanne Younger||Mold|
|1985||Mandy Adele Shires||Bradford, England||1st Runner-up||Joanne Sedgley||Newquay||Barbara Christian||Wales|
|1984||Vivienne Rooke||22||Weston-super-Mare, England||3rd Runner-up||Lea La Salle||Wrexham||Susan Tan||Northern Ireland|
|1983||Sarah-Jane Hutt||18||Poole, England||Won Miss World 1983||Karen Lesley Moore||England||Nicola Stanley||Isle of Wight|
|1982||Della Frances Dolan||20||Grimsby, England||2nd Runner-up||Alison Smith||Belfast||Ann Jackson||Chichester|
|1981||Michele Donnelly||20||Cardiff, Wales||4th Runner-up||Della Frances Dolan||Yorkshire||Georgina Kearney||Scotland|
|1980||Kim Ashfield||21||Buckley, Wales||4th Runner-up||Nicky Wright||Poole||Julie Duckworth||England|
|1979||Carolyn Seaward||18||Yelverton, England||1st Runner-up||Lorraine Davidson||Scotland||Karen Loughlin||Stockport|
|1978||Elizabeth Ann Jones||20||Welshpool, Wales||5th Runner-up||Janet Withey||London||Beverley Isherwood||England|
|1977||Madeleine Stringer||24||North Shields, England||5th Runner-up||Dorothy Walker||Edinburgh||Sarah Long||England|
|1976||Carol Jean Grant[**]||19||Glasgow, Scotland||3rd Runner-up||Sian Adey-Jones||Wales||Joanna Booth||Sheffield|
|1975||Vicki Harris||22||London, England||2nd Runner-up||Sue Cuff||Manchester||Gail Inglis||Dundee|
|1974||Helen Morgan||21||Barry, Wales||Won Miss World 1974 resigned||Kathy Anders||England||Linda Myers||Sale|
|1973||Veronica Ann Cross||23||London, England||6th Runner-up||Marie Kirkwood||—||Pam Wood||—|
|1972||Jennifer McAdam||24||London, England||6th Runner-up||Elaine Farnworth||Ramsbottom||Julie Marcus||—|
|1971||Marilyn Ward||21||New Milton, England||1st Runner-up||Linda Ann Thomas||Blackpool||Anita Gudgeon||Basildon|
|1970||Yvonne Ormes||20||Nantwich, England||6th Runner-up||Jean Galston||Manchester||Lee Hamilton Marshall||Scotland|
|1969||Sheena Drummond||18||Tullibody, Scotland||Top 15||—||—||—||—|
|1968||Kathleen Winstanley||23||Wigan, England||1st Runner-up||Marie Smith||Glasgow||Lisa Robertshaw||Bradford South|
|1967||Jennifer Lynn Lewis||20||Leicester, England||4th Runner-up||Jennifer Gurley||Manchester||Nine Scott||Sheffield|
|1966||Jennifer Lowe Summers||20||Warrington, England||Top 15||—||—||—||—|
|1965||Lesley Langley||20||London, England||Won Miss World 1965||—||—||—||—|
|1964||Ann Sidney||20||Poole, England||Won Miss World 1964||—||—||—||—|
|1963||Diane Westbury[*]||19||Ilkeston, England||5th Runner-up||—||—||—||—|
|1962||Jackie White||20||Alvaston, England||Top 15||—||—||—||—|
|1961||Rosemarie Frankland||18||Rhos, Wales||Won Miss World 1961||—||—||—||—|
|1960||Hilda Fairclough||23||Lancaster, England||Top 10||—||—||—||—|
|1959||Anne Thelwell||22||Heswall, England||3rd Runner-up||—||—||—||—|
|1958||Eileen Sheridan||22||Walton-on-Thames, England||5th Runner-up||—||—||—||—|
* Real name Diane Hickingbotham.
** Also known as Carolyn Grant.
United Kingdom in International Pageants
The first UK contestant was Aileen Chase who competed at the first Miss Universe in 1952 as Miss Great Britain. From 1955-1990 Miss England would compete, joined (from 1961-1990) By Miss Scotland and Miss Wales, many of these contestants would go on to compete at (and win) the Miss United Kingdom contest later in the year. The 1990s and 21st Century has returned to one contestant competing as Miss United Kingdom or Miss Great Britain. Since 2005 the UK has been represented by the winner of the Miss Universe GB pageant. No woman from the United Kingdom has ever won Miss Universe.
- 1st Runner-up at Miss Universe:
- 1961: Rosemary Frankland (Miss Wales)
- 1964: Brenda Blackler (Miss England)
- 1974: Helen Morgan (Miss Wales)
- 1980: Linda Gallagher (Miss Scotland)
- 2nd Runner-up:
- 1957: Sonia Hamilton (Miss England)
- 1967: Jennifer Lynn Lewis (Miss England)
- 1976: Sian Adey-Jones (Miss Wales)
- 1977: Sandra Bell (Miss Scotland)
- 1979: Carolyn Seaward (Miss England)
From 1952-1957 the UK were represented by the winner of the Miss Great Britain pageant. From 1958-1999 the winner of the Miss United Kingdom pageant would compete. There have been five UK winners of the Miss World title, all won the title competing as Miss United Kingdom:
- Miss World Winners:
- 1961: Rosemary Frankland
- 1964: Ann Sidney
- 1965: Lesley Langley
- 1974: Helen Morgan
- 1983: Sarah-Jane Hutt
- 1st Runner-up at Miss World:
- 1951: Laura Elllison-Davies
- 1968: Kathleen Winstanley
- 1971: Marilyn Ward
- 1979: Carolyn Seaward
- 1985: Mandy Shires
- 1992: Claire Smith
- 2012: Sophie Moulds (as Miss Wales)
- 2nd Runner-up at Miss World:
- 1951: Doreen Dawne
- 1975: Vicki Harris
- 1982: Della Dolan
- 1988: Kirsty Roper
- 2001: Juliet-Jane Horne (as Miss Scotland)
Note: At the first Miss World in 1951, 21 of the 26 contestants were from the UK, including those that placed as first runner-up and second runner-up.
- Miss International Winners:
- 1969: Valerie Holmes (as Miss Britain)
- 1972: Linda Hooks (as Miss Britain)
- 1986: Helen Fairbrother (as Miss England)
- 1st Runner-up:
- 1963: Diane Westbury (as Miss England)
- 1973: Zoe Spink (as Miss Britain)
- 1974: Joanna Booth (as Miss Britain)
- 2nd Runner-up:
- 2009: Chloe-Beth Morgan (as Miss United Kingdom)
- Miss England
- Miss Northern Ireland
- Miss Scotland
- Miss Wales
- Miss Great Britain
- Miss Universe Great Britain
- "Kat's the cream". The Scottish Sun. 16 January 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
- Miss England history.
- "Miss England to be Crowned in Scotland". San Francisco Chronicle. 24 November 2011.
- "Britain's got talent". The Scottish Sun. 20 November 2010. Retrieved 23 November 2010.
- "Cwmbran woman becomes Miss UK". South Wales Argus. 19 July 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
- "Nieve has time of her life to lift Miss UK title". Evening Times (Glasgow). 5 December 2007. Retrieved 19 February 2011.