The London Season is delighted to support SOS Children at Queen Charlotte’s Ball on Saturday 26th October, 2013 at the Royal Courts of Justice.

Patrons of The London Season

HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia

HH Princess Olga Romanov

Their Graces the Duke and Duchess of Somerset


London Season Committee

Mrs David Hallam-Peel, Chairman

Mrs Jonathan Woodall, Vice Chairman

Sir Toby Clarke Bt

Sir David  and The Hon. Lady Roche

The Lord and Lady Belhaven and Stenton

Mr Lukas Kroulik


Queen Charlotte’s Ball was founded two hundred years ago by Queen Charlotte to raise funds for children in need and the tradition has continued virtually unchanged to the present day and is considered globally as one of the most glamorous and highly sought after private balls in the world raising considerable funds for children’s charities . Tickets are by personal invitation only and a table of ten guests costs £2,500.00. The chairman and committee work in an entirely voluntary capacity.

Guests at the ball will be welcomed by an official royal receiving line , proceed to a premier cru champagne and canapé reception and a four course gourmet dinner with fine wines. The two hundred year tradition of Queen Charlotte’s Ball is continued with the formal procession of debutantes and the ceremonial sword cutting of the six foot traditional Queen Charlotte’s cake.   The evening continues with an auction of spectacular prizes including  ‘money can’t buy’ lots , a spectacular cabaret and dancing to royal band The Jive Aces. The debutante procession will be choreographed by the inimitable Mr Lukas Kroulik.


The London Season has been organised by Jennie Hallam-Peel and Patricia  Woodall, former debutantes and daughters of debutantes,  for eleven years at the request of the late Peter Townend, who ran the London Season for forty years, and in addition to the London events have been honoured to support charities  abroad as guests of HH Princess Susan al Said in Oman, Prince and Princess Michael Karajorjovic and the President of Montenegro in Montenegro, HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia and the President of Macedonia in Macedonia and honoured by the continued patronage of HH Princess Olga Romanov and Their Graces the Duke and Duchess of Somerset at Queen Charlotte’s Ball and additional London Season fund raising events. London Season debutantes have been guests of their Excellencies the British Ambassadors of Rome, Bolivia and Paris. The London Season has also been honoured recently in Shanghai initiating the first Shanghai Debutante Ball at the Waldorf Astoria and become the subject of a documentary for Japanese television on British business etiquette and four documentaries for the BBC and Channel Four .The latest documentary produced by the BBC – How to become a Lady with Rachel Johnson and Jennie Hallam-Peel was broadcast at the end of March of this year. Frequent editorial appears in the Financial Times, The Times, The Telegraph and The Independent , and the Daily Mail and Evening Standard newspapers in the UK. Events are regularly covered by leading UK and overseas magazines and transworld news photography via Reuters and all events support children in need.

This year’s ball will take place at the exquisite palace of the Royal Courts of Justice on Saturday, 26th October 2013.

Photo Gallery


Daily Mail (Queen Charlotte’s Ball)

Daily Telegraph (Shanghai)

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