Northamptonshire’s own Kate Middleton lookalike has celebrated the birth of the newest member of the Royal Family by using one of daughter’s dolls to stand in as her own baby Princess Charlotte.
Mother-of-two Heidi Agan, from Corby, has been careful to mirror the Duchess of Cambridge’s every change over the past three years, even wearing a foam belly bump when Kate first became pregnant with Prince George.
The 35-year-old said: “I’ve stolen one of my six-year-old daughter’s dolls to be my baby Charlotte, even though it doesn’t look like her at all.
“While it is important that I keep up to date with everything that’s happening in the Royal Family, and people I work with expect to me play the role, there’s always supposed to be a little bit of humour about it.
“I think the new baby is really exciting. I grew up alongside Will and Harry and now throwing a girl into the mix will make things a bit more interesting. “I’m looking forward to seeing how quickly the baby clothes Charlotte is seen wearing sell out in the shops.”
In anticipation of the Royal birth last week, Heidi was commissioned by a Japanese company to pose for photos outside the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s Hospital in London where Kate, William and little George stood to introduce Charlotte Elizabeth Diana to the media and fans.
Heidi began working full-time as a lookalike of the Duchess in 2012 after customers where she worked as a waitress in Frankie and Benny’s in Kettering kept telling her how much she looked like the duchess.
So she sent a photo of herself to an agency and was offered her first job four days later at the London 2012 Olympics.
She now works with 30 agents and has been sent to Hong Kong, New York and Australia on the job.
“It’s a big business,” she said. “I get hired to attend corporate events, meet-and-greets, even weddings.
There’s always supposed to be a little bit of humour about it.
“I’m unbelievably lucky and blessed, as I really did just stumble upon it.
“I have no idea what’s coming next and I’m just enjoying the ride.
“The best thing about the job is the places I’ve been to and how I never do the same thing twice.
“It can be challenging to keep up with Kate’s fashion and I’m always searching for similar items at more affordable prices – but I do all my own hair and make-up.”
A fan of the Royals herself, she added: “The Queen is definitely the most hard-working monarch in the world and she and her family have dedicated their lives to representing the country.
“I think people forget that sometimes.”