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-> ''They were charming, especially the oldest, a blonde of eighteen, fresh as a flower, and very dainty and pretty! Ah, yes! The pretty Englishwomen have indeed the look of tender sea fruit. One would have said of this one that she had just risen out of the sands and that her hair had kept their tint. They all, with their exquisite freshness, make you think of the delicate colors of pink sea-shells and of shining pearls hidden in the unknown depths of the ocean.''
-->-- '''Narrator''' of Creator/GuyDeMaupassant's short-story "The Wreck"

An '''English Rose''' is a nostalgic idea of a beautiful young English lady. She is virtuous and possesses a certain type of modest beauty. This character is always of English breeding, and likely to speak in [[BritishAccents the RP accent]].

If from a historical period (and upper-class), she was raised to be a ProperLady. A modern specimen does not need to follow the full of Proper Lady ideals, but still has to be a NiceGirl: well-mannered and goodhearted.

An English Rose is often composed and dignified in any social setting. A major characteristic is her humility in terms of family and society. Her will can be iron-hard, [[SilkHidingSteel while seemingly subservient]]. Before marriage tends to be a [[SpiritedYoungLady more spirited version]], but doesn't necessarily lose that spirit after marriage. In fact, one of the charms of the English Rose may be her ability to maintain decorum and pleasure regardless of any trouble.

!!Regarding her looks, English Rose has a set of associated characteristics:
* Her figure, beauty, dress, and manners are modest and conservative rather than provocative or sexy.
* She is more on the petite side, and slender--an English Rose can sometimes be a bit chubby, but is never very tall (outside of modeling business use of the trope) or of very substantial build.
* She is fair skinned, has a rosy glow to her cheeks rather than being eerily pale. Her complexion can be described as peachy pale or porcelain like.
* Her hair can be of any shade as long as it isn't too exotic--wavy, light brown or copper hair is most archetypal, as well as hairstyles more 'natural' and less fabricated than of her peers, but any moderate and understated hairstyle fitting the period fits the type.
* She has gentle eyes, that are almond shaped or drooping rather than cat-like.[[note]]Following the stereotypes DroopyEyes = gentle, CattyEyes = active[[/note]]

There is no requirement for actresses portraying her actually to be English, or even British. However, it's rare to find actresses playing these characters in English-language media (foreign productions are obviously another story) from outside the [[UsefulNotes/TheCommonwealthOfNations Old Commonwealth]] (minus UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}).

Compare with its sister tropes, YamatoNadeshiko, from Japan, and [[SouthernBelle Bonne Belle]], from southern USA. Also compare TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask and the PrincessClassic.

If the trope is PlayedStraight, she must be English. Englishness is defined by her origin and family background. English Rose from a FantasyCounterpartCulture and sci-fi futuristic versions are allowed. England might not exist in the setting, but if said land and culture are based on real life England, associated character tropes may be used as well.

RealLife examples are unlikely because this trope requires knowledge about the woman's personal relationships with her family and acting for their benefit in society.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/VictorianRomanceEmma'', written by self-confessed Anglophile Kaoru Mori, contains some great examples. For instance, there is demure, fair-haired beauty Eleanor Campbell (complete with IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy storyline).
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* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Darjeeling is an [[InvokedTrope invoked example]] and represents England's national stereotype. She strives to present the look and behaviour of an English Rose, despite being Japanese. She's a pale-skinned blonde; and a polite, dignified Proper Lady who loves her SpotOfTea.
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[[folder: Audio Play]]
* In the audio play ''AudioPlay/BigFinishDoctorWho'', Doctor's companion Charlotte "Charley" Elspeth Pollard was raised to become one, but said ScrewThisImOuttaHere as soon as she had the chance to. However, many of her traits fit perfectly. She has hard time dealing with the fact she's not going to see her family ever again, she longs to become a mother, she speaks in the classic Received Pronunciation, Creator/JaneAusten is one of her favourite authors, and she's very much in love with the past and enjoys {{Gorgeous Period Dress}}es. She's a classy LadyOfAdventure and sees historical adventures as an excuse to put her endless etiquette lessons to good use. Occasionally referenced:
-->'''Keep:''' There's a tint to your skin.
-->'''Charley:''' [dripping with sarcasm] It's called English Rose.
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[[folder:Film]]
* ''Film/TheOtherBoleynGirl'' has the Tudor beauty Mary making an impression on the king.
-->'''Henry:''' You don't think he'll miss court? A young ambitious man.
-->'''Mary:''' He says not, Your Majesty. But if he ever changed his mind...as his wife, of course, I would do his bidding.
* The beautiful Truly Scrumptious from ''Film/ChittyChittyBangBang'' is the perfect Proper Lady, and is the daughter of a wealthy sweet factory owner, Lord Scrumptious. She's rather chilly to begin with, but warms up a good deal as the film progresses. She is played by Sally Ann Howes who has the appropriate looks.
* [[HairOfGoldHeartOfGold Carol Marcus]] from ''Film/StarTrekIntoDarkness'' provides an interesting "Rose-in-space", futuristic variation of this established trope, whilst still retaining the required character traits -- she's kind, demure ("turn around, please"), proper, loyal, has a strong moral sense and of course, she's beautiful.
* In ''Film/BitterMoon'', Fiona is a well-bread, prim and proper pale-skinned English woman, sailing with her husband to Istanbul and India. She's called pretty or lovely several times. Oscar says hers is a subtle brand of beauty with the inimitable British quality. He also makes a point of comparing her to provocatively seductive Mimi (who is Oscar's French wife). Fiona is very nice; for instance she helps a messed-up, crying Mimi or she befriends a little Indian girl.
* ''Film/MrsMiniver'' has two English Roses from World War II setting. Both are pretty Englishwomen played by American actresses and both characters are connected to the symbolism of the rose.
** Kay Miniver is a dutiful, happy wife and a mother of three from the (upper-)middle class. Her husband Clem says she's even more beautiful than the time he married her. At the beggining of the film, Mrs. Miniver's old friend James Ballard asks her for a permission to name his masterpiece, a rose he has cultivated, after her. Greer Garson who played her has fair ginger hair and white skin, and her look is emphasised by the black and white technicolor.
** Carol Beldon is a dainty little lady who comes from the most prominent family of the neighbourhood. She is [[TheCutie a cutie]] with ivory skin and dark hair. She's admired by everybody in the church and at the ball and she's nice to people of all social standings. Her GrandeDame of a grandmother Lady Beldon is famous for growing beautiful breeds of roses and always winning the local rose contest.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The novel ''Literature/TheOtherBoleynGirl'' is even more overt than the film in its portrayal of Mary as English Rose. Anne describes Mary (albeit mockingly) as "sweet and open and English and fair" at one stage, and Henry VIII himself refers to her as "my little English rose".
* In the book ''Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor'' from ''Literature/TheRoyalDiaries'' series, Henry VIII of England got angry at Prince Edward for being lazy while the girls worked on the rose bushes. Elizabeth was quick to respectfully tell her father that she thinks that Edward's humors were out of balance. For that the king tenderly told the princess that she was the true Tudor rose.
* Elizabeth's sister Jane Bennet from ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', both the book and the film. Kind, polite, well-mannered and beautiful English country gentry. Jane is considered the most beautiful young lady in the neighbourhood. Her character is contrasted with Elizabeth's as sweeter, shyer, and equally sensible, but not as clever; her most notable trait is a desire to see only the good in others.
* Jane Fairfax from ''Literature/{{Emma}}'' is a beautiful, intelligent, accomplished and gentle young woman, and she seems to be admired by virtually everybody. She has dark hair, deep grey eyes, dark eyelashes and eyebrows, and her complexion is fair, smooth and delicate without being pale. She's rather tall, and her figure is graceful and elegant. Unfortunately, Jane has shattered health, so she lacks the rosy cheeks. Emma herself also thinks she should be friendlier, livelier and little less proper in her {{Proper Lady}}-like behaviour.
* Miss Anne Elliot from ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'', though it appears she has lost her bloom, but she re-gains her appeal in the course of the novel. She's gentle, affectionate with an elegant mind and desire to help everybody. She has delicate features and mild dark eyes, and she's described as an elegant little woman. She's contrasted with her handsome sister Elizabeth who is a more striking beauty, but very haughty and unkind.
* Fanny Price from ''Literature/MansfieldPark''. She's a timid and quiet girl, and people at the Park don't value her much when she's little, but she's a very patient companion to her idle aunt. She blooms fully when her cousin Maria gets married and Julia leaves with her. She grows into a very pretty girl with light-coloured eyes and a sweet smile, and she blushes frequently. She loves her brother William and she's a great comfort to her sister Susan as both girls are [[TheUnfavourite unfavourite]] for their parents.
* Eleanor Tilney from ''Literature/NorthangerAbbey'' is General Tilney's daughter and a perfect example from English country gentry. She's a long-suffering beautiful girl who lost her mother very young and has only her difficult father for a companion. She deeply loves her brother Henry and is a kind friend to the novel's heroine Catherine Morland. She's also put in contrast with Catherine's first friend Isabella Thorpe who is beautiful, but tries to flirt and makes a fuss about everything to be noticed, and is proved to be a schemer and not an honest person.
* Elinor Dashwood from ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' is TheReliableOne of her family despite being only nineteen. She's very pretty, though her sister Marianne is thought to be the prettiest, but Marrianne is also slightly darker and her beauty is of the exotic kind. Elinor is fair and has the appropriate looks, and her calm and dignified personality makes her fit perfectly. Elinor's mother and sisters think she's too calm and that she should be a bit more emotional, but her NotSoStoic moments show she has lots of true and deep feelings.
* Frederica Vernon from ''Literature/LadySusan'' is a very pretty young girl with delicate complexion, pleasant oval face, mild dark eyes and "peculiar sweetness in her look". Her abusive mother Lady Susan tells lies about her, so her aunt and uncle expect Frederica to be uncultured, uneducated and amoral. They are pleasantly surprised to find that Frederica is very timid and shy, and a major {{Bookworm}} and FriendToAllChildren. Here is a sentence about Frederica from her aunt's letter:
-->''"There cannot be a more gentle, affectionate heart; or more obliging manners, when acting without restraint; and her little cousins are all very fond of her."''
* From the ''Literature/AuntDimity'' series: "A somewhat distant and distaff twig of the [Penford] family tree, but a twig nonetheless", Susannah Ashley-Woods was a fashion model known as "Ashers, the English Rose", effectively trading on this trope. Not that she quite lives up to the ideal; explaining her ill-manners, the duke says of her, "She was raised by wolves, you know." It is only after she's assaulted by a hero-worshipping housemaid that she reverts to the good manners associated with this trope.
* In ''Literature/InfernalDevices'', Tessa Gray is a New Yorker who travels to VictorianLondon, and she describes Jessamine Lovelace as one. Jessamine strives to be a Proper Lady and has many lady-like attributes (like her ParasolOfPrettiness), but ultimately she fails to be a straight example because she's something of a SpoiledBrat.
* In ''Literature/AubreyMaturin'' series, Captain Jack Aubrey's eventual wife is the lovely blonde Sophie Williams. She really wants marriage with children and is a true Proper Lady, down to LieBackAndThinkOfEngland.
* The narrator of Creator/GuyDeMaupassant's short-story "The Wreck" is an older Frenchman who reflects on his acquaintance with a pretty Englishwoman with whom he has been corresponding his whole life since they met (20 years ago on [[NewYearHasCome New Year's Eve]]). She was a sandy-haired, dainty young girl of eighteen who was travelling with her father and two younger sisters. He worked as an inspector of the Maritime Insurance Company and they met on a wrecked ship. They nearly died because as they were strolling on the wreck, the tide swept the ship back on sea. The narrator says she was the only woman he has ever loved, and she became a lost ideal he cannot have. She got married and the narrator says they write to each other every New Year's Day. She writes about her life, her sisters and her childen, but he only ever writes about their encounter.
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* One obvious English Rose isn't English -- or even human. The first Romana, of ''Series/DoctorWho'' fame, was imperious and arrogant (if also highly capable), but her second regeneration fits this trope perfectly. Played by Lalla Ward, she was refined, composed, soft-spoken, but also brilliant and strong-willed.
* Several examples from ''Series/DowntonAbbey''.
** All three of the Crawley sisters are more or less raised to be English Roses, and all of them have the classic English Rose look. However, each has something keeping her from being perfect examples of the trope, in a manner indicating SpiritedYoungLady.
*** Lady Mary is perhaps the "classic" Rose, having both the aspirations and appearance of a traditional young English aristocratic woman, but she has an ambitious streak, can be an unapologetic snob, is sometimes quite cruel, and is quite the contrarian.
*** Lady Edith is energetic and almost tragically naive at times, but also suffers from a fairly bad case of MiddleChildSyndrome. (She's also not nearly as good-looking as her sisters.)
*** Lady Sybil possibly fits closest of all, given her genuinely good nature, naturally beautiful looks and strong moral sense. However, her [[spoiler:decision to marry the (socialist and Irish Nationalist) chauffeur Tom Branson]] puts her very firmly in the SpiritedYoungLady category.
** Lavinia Swire, also from Downton, fits the bill too - she's sweet natured, gentle, naturally beautiful.....[[spoiler: [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth and has a tragic, Victorian-heroine style death bed scene, etc]]]]
** Averted by the one young woman named Rose: the Crawleys' cousin Lady Rose [=MacClare=] is Scottish (or half-Scottish, at any rate), anything but demure (although she pretends to be at times), dresses provocatively given the chance and indeed is something of a [[TheFlapper flapper]] (she goes out to jazz nightclubs and has an affair with a married man). Oddly enough, her great aunt Violet, the Dowager Countess, backs her up in everything but the affair, and she helps cover that one up.
** Young debutante Madeleine Allsopp from the series 4 Christmas Special is yet another example from Downton -- she's a petite, fair-skinned, demure little beauty and shows good character and a strong moral sense when she refuses to play along with her impoverished father's schemes when he crassly pushes her onto the wealthy Harold Levinson.
* Liz Grainger from ''Series/WishMeLuck'' is the perfect embodiment of this trope: a pretty (but not too pretty) well-bred, upper-class young woman who is also courageous, principled and willing to [[WorldWarII serve her country.]]
* ''Series/{{Cranford}}'':
** Sophy Hutton is a great example - she's pretty, pale-skinned and a LoveInterest for the series' hero Doctor Harrison and is very helpful to her widowed father - who, to top it all off, happens to be the village reverend.
** Miss Matty used to be a gentle English Rose when she was young. She was very pretty and people say her most striking feature was her complexion. She was very devoted to her family and actually never married because her family needed her support and didn't approve of her suitor. Yet she remained faithful to him and never loved anybody else.
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'': Emily Waltham played by Helen Baxendale was Ross's girlfriend from London. She was a beautiful young woman with fair skin and dark hair and dark eyes. Initially she was sweet, caring and she and Ross seemed like a perfect match. She and Ross wanted to get married, but both wanted to stay in their homeland because they had strong ties with their family and friends. After Ross accidentally said "I take thee, Rachel" instead of "I take thee, Emily", she became very jealous and a bit of a crazy shrew, but who could blame her.
* In ''Series/SecretDiaryOfACallGirl'' (season 4, episode 5), this trope is referenced when HighClassCallGirl Belle puts an ad on her website "Call now for a classic English Rose" while she's staying in New York. She sure can fulfill this dream of meeting a classy, petite, fair-skinned and fair-haired English girl to her American customers. And even though as Hannah (her normal, civil self), she is definitely a nice girl and very intelligent, her job as a call girl and her glamorous, sexy appearance move her very far from the ideal of wholesome beauty.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Song "Rose of England" by Music/ChrisDeBurgh is about an English Rose of RoyalBlood who is lovely, fine, sweet and fair. She loves a man who is not her equal. When she becomes Queen, she weds her country and is no longer a mistress of her heart.
* The trope is briefly mentioned in song "Portobello Belle" by Music/DireStraits. The song is about a modern girl walking through the market on Portobello Road:
-->''"She thinks she's tough / She ain't no English rose..."''
* "English Rose" by Music/TheJam is about the protagonist's desire to return to see and to be with the titular woman.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Spoofed in the Creator/GilbertAndSullivan light opera ''Theatre/UtopiaLimited''. Two South Seas princessess are being raised by their English governess to be properly modest and retiring English roses, until the visiting "Imported Flowers of Progress" assure them that the English fashion is quite different nowadays:
-->''"A wonderful joy our eyes to bless, \\
In her magnificent comeliness, \\
Is an English girl of eleven stone two,[[note]]156 pounds, or 71 kg[[/note]] \\
And five foot ten in her dancing shoe!"''
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* Cammy White from ''Franchise/StreetFighter'' is what happens to an English Rose when you mix her with ActionGirl and MsFanservice. You'd never think of it if you judged her only by her VERY fanservicy looks, but her serious personality and her devotion to her TrueCompanions have more than a whiff of this archetype. She even has [[BritishAccents the RP accent]], specially in the later games. "Cammy White" (Camilla = "priestess", White = the colour of purity) is also a ''very'' English Rose-ish name.
* Luserina Barows from ''VideoGame/SuikodenV'' is a good example. Although she's not actually English (the series is set in a MedievalEuropeanFantasy land), her hometown of Rainwall is basically the in-series equivalent of an English town and she is the [[BlueBlood Squire's daughter]]. In terms of personality and looks, she fits the bill perfectly, being sweet, kind, well-mannered and elegant, with flowing fair hair and a demure, pretty look. She also exhibits a good deal of SilkHidingSteel qualities, and is found to be pretty much running the place and keeping morale high during the events of the game.
* An example from a dark game would be the protagonist Jennifer from the disturbingly creepy ''VideoGame/RuleOfRose'', a videogame which presents the intriguing concept of a classic English Rose forced into a ''Franchise/ResidentEvil''-style survival horror environment. Jennifer is a timid, fair, softly-spoken young English woman who seems weak and can be easily pushed about and ordered by others, although this is understandable considering the [[MindScrew situation]] she is forced in. However, she is actually very determined and loyal, being able to endure the bullying and punishments. In this regard, she can be viewed as a [[SilkHidingSteel strong]] character.

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