General Information

Debutante numbers are limited to twenty-two girls each year. Girls are chosen by invitation to attend an interview in London following completion of the application form.

Traditional White couture ball gowns are provided on a complimentary basis for debutantes for the evening.

The London Season is in partnership with Harrods who provide fabulous diamond jewellery for each girl on the evening and create the eight-foot traditional Queen Charlotte’s Cake.

Hairdressing is also complimentary and transport on the day of the Ball. Debutantes are also invited to model hats by Her Majesty the Queen’s milliner at the Berkeley Dress Show held in the royal dining rooms of William Kent House at the Ritz on the afternoon before the ball following a formal champagne tea party.

The London Season supports a variety of children’s charities throughout the world through Queen Charlotte’s Ball. Details of charities supported may also be seen on our blog.

Photographs of previous balls may be seen here.
A film of last year’s ball with debutante and escort interviews may also be viewed on our blog.

All guests at the Ball are personally invited by Patrons and the Chairman of the London Season. Tickets are not sold to the public or advertised in any way. Ticket fees subsidise the costs of the Ball and help our annual global charity. The Patrons and Chairman work in an entirely voluntary capacity.

Format of the evening at Queen Charlotte’s Ball

The evening consists of a Formal Receiving Line, premier cru champagne and canapé reception, Formal Procession of the Debutantes presented by fathers to The Honourable Lady Roche MBE, one of the last aristocratic debutantes to be presented to Her Majesty The Queen in 1958 and a long term supporter of the London Season. The evening continues with a four-course dinner with accompanying fine wines and dancing and reeling to a live band. Carefully chosen boys from appropriate backgrounds are invited to escort the debutantes on the evening of the ball. Brothers of debutantes may join as escorts without interview.

Debutantes are requested to be available from the morning for hair styling and rehearsals. Transport is provided from the hairdresser to the venue and a buffet lunch.
A full itinerary of the day is sent to each debutante before the ball.

The dress code is strictly White Tie/Decorations/Long gowns for ladies.

Queries may be addressed by email to Mrs David Hallam-Peel, Chairman at

If you wish to apply to become a debutante, please click here.