Hattie Ball, 23, usually makes around £700 a month from look-a-like appearances and is due to double that to £1,500 over the bank holidays, with a slew of appearances
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A woman who impersonates Queen Elizabeth as a part time career has revealed that she will be earning twice her monthly salary during the Platinum Jubilee weekend.
Harriet Ball (23), Preston, Lancashire, made her Royal likeness a side hustle when her friends started to comment on it.
Hattie has been booked for over a year after she completed her screenwriting degree. She normally makes about £700 a month but will double that in just four days.
She claims that business boomed after Netflix released The Crown.
Hattie said: “When I look in the mirror, I just see Hattie, I don’t think I look much like anyone else.
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“In 2015 the film A Royal Night out came out, and I went to see it with friends who all said I looked like Sarah Gaddon, who played Queen Elizabeth.
“The Crown then came out, and they said that I looked like Claire Foly. My friends would then say “Maybe it’s just the Queen you’re like”.
“I was once at an event that the Duke of Kent was attending, and he also commented on how much I look like her, so I’ve got family approval!
“It’s a great compliment, because she was beautiful at her age.”
Hattie revealed that she’s been a fan of Queen Elizabeth her whole life.
She said: “She is an amazing woman.
“My grandma gave me some books about her that she had had when she was younger, and I started to look into her Majesty more.
“I’m just an avid fan.”
Hattie’s wardrobe includes an exact replica of the Queen’s ATS uniform.
She stated: “I love vintage clothes anyway, so when I’m looking for outfits, I can wear for appearances it’s close to my usual style.
“Quite a few things I own are copies of outfits she wore, such as her ATS uniform.
“When I first started, I scoured the charity shops and vintage shops and built a wardrobe of ball gowns and day dresses.
“Now, I can channel Her Majesty in any situation.”
It usually takes Hattie two hours to get ready for an appearance.
She said: “My hair is very thick so curling the curlers takes some time.
“Once I’ve done that my hair usually stays curled for about three days, so I’ll be going through a lot of hairsprays over the four-day weekend!
“My everyday make-up is very similar to mine so it doesn’t take too much time.
“I find once I have the outfits on, that helps me get into the persona a bit more.
“They are so beautiful, I want them to be my own.”
Hattie currently has a jam-packed bank holiday weekend ahead of her.
She said: “Two private events are scheduled for Thursday and Sunday.
“Friday I’ll be at the East Lancashire Railway, and Saturday I am at the international bomber command centre jubilee concert and ball.
“I have also managed to squeeze in some activities during the week. The week ended at the RAF Cosford Air Show which was held on June 12 at their Jubilee Village.
“I’ve some people reach out to me over the past few weeks who are looking to book, but obviously I’ve had to prioritise people who got in touch with me ages ago, some nearly a year in advance!
“I usually do a lot of waving and sometimes give a speech during appearances.
“I’m not looking forward to going back to my normal job on Monday after such an amazing few days.
“Although I love my job, it will be a difficult transition to normal life.