At the beginning of each academic year, parents and potential debutantes are invited to attend interviews at Boodles, St James. Girls are chosen based on their interest in helping with the charity focus for the year and whom the committee feels would benefit from the events of the year. Debutantes embark on a one-year programme of etiquette classes, and charity events crowned by the world famous Queen Charlotte’s Ball in which they appear in white gowns and jewels lent by eminent couturiers and jewellery houses. At one time, this ball introduced the daughters of the British nobility to potential husbands. Today, officially, the focus is not on marriage but on giving ambitious girls the opportunity to further their careers and develop in social confidence.
26th October 2013
“Debutantes make their high society debut at Queen Charlotte’s Ball” NY Daily News, October 30, 2013
“Meet the London debutantes of this year’s Queen Charlotte’s Ball” The Vancouver Sun, October 29, 2013
“Debutantes at Queen Charlotte’s Ball” The Telegraph, October 29, 2013
“Meet the London debutantes of this year’s Queen Charlotte’s Ball” Calgary Herald, October 29, 2013
“Noble gestures: Queen Charlotte’s debutante ball – in pictures” The Telegraph, October 31, 2013
“Fit for a fairy tale: Chosen young ladies enter high society in style” NBC News, October 29, 2013