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The Queen Charlotte’s Ball 2018

Queen Charlotte’s Ball 240th Anniversary
Dartmouth House, Mayfair, Saturday, 8th September 2018
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In support of The English Speaking Union Literacy Programme

Photography credits: Getty Images

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One hundred and fifty personally invited VIP guests from Great Britain and across the world, dressed in white tie and long gowns, gathered together to celebrate the 240th anniversary of Queen Charlotte’s Ball at Dartmouth House, Mayfair.

Queen Charlotte’s Ball continues as a voluntary organisation of people associated historically with the London Season and supporting charitable concerns. It is now acknowledged globally as the most sought after ball in the world and the highlight of the London Season calendar. Tickets are always by personal invitation only and limited to 150 guests.

After a champagne and canapé reception in the beautiful historic courtyard on a glorious evening, guests were personally received by Patrons and Chairman of The London Season at the top of the magnificent marble staircase before being seated in the Winston Churchill room, where The Honourable Lady Roche MBE, piped in by London Season Piper Dixie Ingram, received nineteen debutantes, escorted by their fathers, and dressed in stunning Ritva Westenius white gowns and tiaras and David Morris (Harrods) diamonds in the traditional Debutante Procession. This year one former debutante from every decade since the 1950’s returned to commemorate the anniversary. The Honourable Lady Roche was one of the last debutantes to be presented to Her Majesty the Queen before presentation ended in 1958. The traditional Queen Charlotte’s Cake was a riot of pink and white roses, standing six feet tall and created by Cynthia Stroud MBE at Pretty Gorgeous Cakes for the fifth year.
Afterwards, dinner was served in the magnificent frescoed drawing room surrounded by twelve foot high flowering trees and incredible décor and lighting by Qube, preceded by the National Anthem, sung by opera singer Zoe Turner and Latin Grace by Her Majesty’s York Herald. The loyal toast was proposed by Sir David Roche Bt.

The debutantes and escorts dined separately in the historic dining room under a canopy of flowers, having great fun together before dancing to a live band until midnight. The evening was not yet over as one of the debutante parents kindly hosted a debutante and escorts after party at their London home until the early hours! Luckily all guests had been given a luxurious padded silk eye mask by Manito Silk Canada to drift off into sleep afterwards!
Next year’s ball will take place on Saturday 7th September 2019

The Pre Ball Events 2018

Queen Charlotte’s ball excitement began a week earlier with many guests participating in a London Season week of unforgettable evenings in palaces, royal residences, private Harrods experiences and a final pre ball Pimms reception and dinner at the House of Lords.

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Private reception in The Archbishop’s drawing room and magnificent dinner in the historic Guards Room at Lambeth Palace
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Overnight at Osborne House, Isle of Wight
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Dinner in Queen Victoria’s Durbar Court
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Queen’s Milliner’s debutante fashion show and champagne tea from the Ritz at Kent House
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Private tour of House of Lords followed by Pimms reception and dinner at the incredible Cholmondeley Room and terrace overlooking the Thames


The Queen Charlotte’s Ball 2017

9th September 2017, Boughton Monchelsea Place and Leeds Castle, Kent

In support of Children with Cancer UK

Photography credits: Getty Images

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Debutantes waiting for guests to arrive

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Debutante Amira Rayner, 19, from Kent at Boughton Monchelsea Place ahead of the Ball

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Debutantes preparing for the Ball at Boughton Monchelsea Place

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The wonderful Brigit’s Bus transporting the debutantes to the Ball

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Guests taking photographs of the debutantes at the Ball

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Cerys Walker, 17, arriving at the Castle

Read the press coverage: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4869824/Debutantes-attend-annual-Queen-Charlotte-s-Ball.html#ixzz4sU5JgQ94

A huge thank you for everyone who supported us at Queen Charlotte’s Ball 2017 at Leeds Castle. With special thanks to

  • Berketex Bride
  • Pretty Gorgeous Cakes
  • Mint Creative
  • Brigit’s Bus
  • Mrs Maurice Kendrick of Boughton Monchelsea Place
  • Mrs Charlotte Wontner

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The Queen Charlotte’s Ball 2015

11th September 2015, Kensington Palace

In support of Children with Cancer UK

Photography credits: Ben Pruchnie and Gareth Cattermole for Getty Images, Lukas Kroulik

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Ritsema Ayule-Jemide and Amira Rayner joint Debutantes of the year
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Queen Charlotte’s Ball celebrated its 235th anniversary this year in the State Apartments and Orangery of Kensington Palace. One hundred and fifty VIP guests attended to enjoy the traditional Procession of the 2015 debutantes escorted by their fathers in the magnificent King’s Chamber of the Palace and greeted by London Season Patrons H.H. Princess Olga Romanoff and the Duke and Duchess of Somerset. Dinner took place in the King’s Drawing Room and the Cupola Room with royal caterers Ampersand, headed by Jessica Stefan and her Michelin chefs who provided a sumptuous repast accompanied by Grand Cru Chablis and champagne from the vineyards of Jean-Marc Brocard, France who wonderfully donated the fine wines for the evening. Over the next twelve months, The London Season will be supporting Children with Cancer at their various events throughout the year. Details may be obtained from Jennie Hallam-Peel, Chairman.

Many thanks to all the participating sponsors:

Emma Victoria Payne Bridalwear

Pretty Gorgeous Cake Company

Domaine Jean-Marc Brocard

Mint Creative

Ampersand

Ivory & Co

Hugh Edmeades

Kylie McMichael

Lukas Kroulik