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People are only just realising Queen Camilla inspired St Trinian's character

Ali Condon

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People are only just realising Queen Camilla inspired St Trinian's character

Featured Image Credit: Mark Davidson / Alamy Stock Photo / Entertainment Film Distributors

Now that's she's officially the Queen Consort, Camilla is in the limelight more than ever - and now people are starting to notice a striking resemblance between her and a popular St Trinian's character.

It turns out that, just over a decade ago, when she was the Duchess of Cornwall, Camilla was the inspiration for school head Miss Fritton in the iconic St Trinian's films.

Actor Rupert Everett, 63, played the hilarious headmistress in both St Trinian's (2007) and St Trinian's 2: The Legend of Fritton's Gold (2009) and, once you know who inspired the character, it's pretty easy to see the similarity.

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For the part, Rupert wore a short wig that almost exactly resembled Camilla's classic blonde waves. And, as if that didn't make it obvious enough, they even gave Miss Fritton the same first same as the Queen Consort.

Ahead of the film's premiere, Rupert Everett confirmed at Cannes Film Festival that he did take inspiration from Camilla for the role of the eccentric headmistress.

"Oliver (Parker) had the idea of Camilla Parker Bowles and I thought of my mother and a few other characters and it came along like that really," he told reporters at the time.

The actor continued: "She’s a marvellous woman.

“She strides around, she works in the garden and she goes out to parties. She wears nice hats and dresses, she has wonky teeth, she’s got a sense of humour, she likes a drink and a cigarette."

St Trinian's creators used Camilla Parker Bowles as inspiration for the character of Miss Fritton. Credit: Entertainment Films
St Trinian's creators used Camilla Parker Bowles as inspiration for the character of Miss Fritton. Credit: Entertainment Films

Elsewhere in the press conference, director Oliver Parker explained why Camilla came to mind for the character of Miss Fritton.

"I was looking to find someone kind of glamorous and someone with a certain class, and a rich and complex face. There’s something interesting about the structure of Camilla Parker Bowles’ face."

Although the creative team behind the films didn't hide the fact that Camilla Parker Bowles inspired Camilla Fritton, it's only now, ahead of Charles and Camilla's coronation, people are just now starting to notice the resemblance.

"I was today years old when I found out Miss Fritton was based off Camilla," TikTok user Tee told her followers after putting two and two together, sharing some photos of Miss Fritton and the Queen Consort side-by-side.


People were pretty blown away when they caught the video, taking to the comment section to discuss the uncanny likeness.

"And he nailed it! Everything. Even her voice!" wrote one TikToker.

"I mean they didn't really hide it though, Miss Fritton's name is literally Camilla," commented a second.

"It took me this long to realise this," confessed a third.

What a claim to fame for Camilla! Well, besides the obvious, of course.

Topics: TV And Film

Ali Condon
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