His Highness Prince Nawab Mohsin Ali Khan

It is with great sadness we mourn the death of His Highness, Prince Nawab Mohsin Ali Khan, deeply appreciated Patron of The London Season and much loved friend in this month of sadness following the death of our beloved Queen Elizabeth II

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Berkeley Dress Show 2022

The Berkeley Dress Show was held on Friday 2nd September at The Dorchester, Park Lane.

Debutantes modelled Sarah Marshall’s creations at John Boyd Hats

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The Queen Charlotte’s Ball 2022

Queen Charlotte’s Ball this year took place on Saturday, 3rd September in the palatial surroundings of 1 Great George St Westminster, a magnificent example of renaissance architecture with frescoed ceilings, gilded interior and incredible atrium in the heart of Westminster.

It was a treasured memory in the 243rd year history of The Queen Charlotte’s Ball that the last national anthem to Her Majesty The Queen was sung at this year’s ball.

Next Year’s Ball will take place on Saturday 2nd September 2023 at The Royal Thames Yacht Club, Knightsbridge. 2023 Debutante applications should be sent to the Debutante Liason Director  : [email protected]

Dresses by Mignonette

Jewellery by Bulgari at Harrods

Flowers by Philip Hammond

In support of SmileTrain

 

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242nd Queen Charlotte’s Ball programmes and Invites

242nd Queen Charlotte’s Ball programmes and Invites – designed and printed by Mint Creative

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Queen Charlotte’s Ball 2021

242nd Queen Charlotte’s Ball, One Whitehall Place, London

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Berkeley Dress Show 2020

The Berkeley Dress Show 2020, The Ritz, London

The London Season was delighted to welcome His Highness Prince Aly Aga Khan  and Patrons Lord and Lady Fermoy,  Sir David Roche Bt. and eminent guests and debutantes to The Berkeley Dress Show on 4th September, as our first event of 2020. Following the disappointment of inevitable cancellation of the Queen Charlottte’s Ball due to Covid restrictions, it was a huge pleasure to reunite in the glamorous and very spoiling surroundings of William Kent House at the Ritz with a delicious champagne formal tea and traditional hat Show orchestrated by the inimitable Sarah Marshall at Her Majesty’s Milliner John Boyd Hats, Knightsbridge.

A huge thank you to all those who made this such a memorable afternoon and to the Debutante Junior Committee who hosted the event with such grace and charm

 

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Supporting Ascot #styledwiththanks in gorgeous John Boyd Hats

Anoushka, Olivia and George stanoprime supporting Ascot #styedwiththanks courtesy of the ever wonderful Sarah Marshall at John Boyd hats

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Experience Queen Charlotte’s Ball


The Queen Charlotte’s Ball 2019

Queen Charlotte’s Ball 2019

Lancaster House, St James, London SW1, Saturday, 7th September 2019

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In support of The Smile Train .

Photography credits: Getty Images and Neil Spence Photography

 

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Diamond white debutante gowns created and kindly lent by Ritva Westenius.
Diamond jewellery for the debutantes generously lent by David Morris at Harrods.
Invitations and Souvenir programmes very kindly donated by Mint Creative.


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


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