The diamonds of the season! Debutantes – including a pro golfer and a TikTok star – wow in elegant white ballgowns and glitzy necklaces as they attend the annual Queen Charlotte's ball

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  • The debutantes had their annual ball at One Whitehall Place in London yesterday
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This season’s debutantes put on a very elegant display as they attended Queen Charlotte’s annual ball at One Whitehall Place in central London yesterday. 

The ball is seen as the pinnacle event of the London Season and often hailed as the most prestigious in the country.

The London season is rich in history and was formed over two hundred years ago when the custom of returning to London at the end of the hunting season was celebrated with dazzling balls and high society events. 

The debutantes are usually between the age of 17 and 20 years old and continue the tradition of charity fundraising and etiquette classes to debut at The Queen Charlotte’s Ball.

Each year, 22 girls are chosen to attend the prestigious ball, and traditional white couture ball gowns are provided on a complimentary basis for debutantes for the evening.

The ball is seen as the pinnacle event of the London Season and often hailed as the most prestigious in the country. Pictured from L-R: ) Emily Wilson, Sophia Jenkinson, Isabel Applewhite, Melody Zhao, Liberty Samuel, Jean Kallenburg, Madison Applewhite, Imane Munene, Alice Wang, Samantha McInroy, Tiantian Gu, Katherine Benham and Shivina Sethi

The ball is seen as the pinnacle event of the London Season and often hailed as the most prestigious in the country. Pictured from L-R: ) Emily Wilson, Sophia Jenkinson, Isabel Applewhite, Melody Zhao, Liberty Samuel, Jean Kallenburg, Madison Applewhite, Imane Munene, Alice Wang, Samantha McInroy, Tiantian Gu, Katherine Benham and Shivina Sethi

Those in attendance this year included Jean Kallenburg, a 21-year-old woman who works in the finance sector and boasts almost 75,000 followers on TikTok.

Jeanie has made various clips about the the debutante process and she recently shared a video of herself in a lace white dress at the ball. 

Emily Wilson, from Northern Ireland, was also at the event and acted as junior committee vice chairman. She currently studies at grammar school Victoria College Belfast, whose famous alumni include opera singers Rebekah Coffey and Giselle Allen and Dame Joan Harbison, former chief executive of the Equality Commission.

Melody Zhao, executive director of her family-owned business Anxin Flooring, also made her debut into society at Queen Charlotte’s ball.

This year, the debutantes’ gowns have been supplied and curated by Mignonette and the jewellery provided by Bvlgari at Harrods.

The elegant debutantes wore dazzling dresses from designers such as Josephine Scott and Maggie Sottero.

King George III introduced the Queen Charlotte’s Ball to celebrate his wife’s birthday and debutantes were traditionally presented to the King or Queen.

This continued until 1958, when Prince Philip branded the event ‘b***** daft’ and Princess Margaret complained that ‘every tart in London was getting in’. 

After 1958, the ball was held sporadically at various exclusive venues in the capital, with varying degrees of success, before being relaunched in 2009.

It has been held annually since, albeit without its royal seal of approval.

The London season is rich in history and was and was formed over two hundred years ago. Pictured from L-R: Emily Wilson, Madison Applewhite and Isabel Applewhite

The London season is rich in history and was and was formed over two hundred years ago. Pictured from L-R: Emily Wilson, Madison Applewhite and Isabel Applewhite

Imane Munene and Maxim Chetle attend Queen Charlotte's Ball 2023 at One Whitehall Place

Imane Munene and Maxim Chetle attend Queen Charlotte’s Ball 2023 at One Whitehall Place

The event saw the debutantes making their society debut in white dresses and gloves. Pictured L-R: Gurleen Kaur, Isabella Aitchison, Emily Wilson, Eleanor Hargrove, Toby Haigh, Sophia Jenkinson wearing Maggie Sottero, Isabel Applewhite wearing Maggie Sottero, George Tribe, Chen-E Low, Melody Zhao wearing Josephine Scott, Liberty Samuel wearing Maggie Sottero, Jean Kallenburg wearing Josephine Scott, Hamish Malcom, Alessa Weiler wearing Maggie Sottero, Madison Applewhite wearing Maggie Sottero, Maxim Cheatle, Tiantian Gu wearing Maggie Sottero, Alice Wang wearing Josephine Scott, Marcus Fforde, Samantha McInroy wearing Maggie Sottero, Imane Munene wearing Maggie Sottero, Olivia Tribe wearing Maggie Sottero, Katherine Benham wearing Maggie Sottero, Jeremy Nelson, Shivina Sethi wearing Rebecca Ingram, James Roberts, Alexis McKee wearing Maggie Sottero, Ana Olszewski wearing Maggie Sottero, Hunter Vaughan, Hugo Alexander, Vladyslav Vykhovanok and Oliver Jenkins

The event saw the debutantes making their society debut in white dresses and gloves. Pictured L-R: Gurleen Kaur, Isabella Aitchison, Emily Wilson, Eleanor Hargrove, Toby Haigh, Sophia Jenkinson, Isabel Applewhite, George Tribe, Chen-E Low, Melody Zhao, Liberty Samuel, Jean Kallenburg, Hamish Malcom, Alessa Weiler, Madison Applewhite, Maxim Cheatle, Tiantian Gu, Alice Wang, Marcus Fforde, Samantha McInroy, Imane Munene, Olivia Tribe , Katherine Benham , Jeremy Nelson, Shivina Sethi , James Roberts, Alexis McKee , Ana Olszewski, Hunter Vaughan, Hugo Alexander, Vladyslav Vykhovanok and Oliver Jenkins

This year, Queen Charlotte’s Ball supported HH Prince Mohsin Ali Khan’s World Peace and Prosperity Foundation. 

The Prince died aged 93 at the end of last year and he was a Patron of the London Season.  

The charitable event also supported bereaved children of service men and women killed in action overseas through ‘Scotties Little Soldiers’. 

The Patrons of the London Season include the Duke and Duchess of Somerset, the Duke and Duchess of St Albans and The Honourable Lady Roche MBE. 

The event took place at the distinguished One Whitehall Place, which is part of the former Palace of Whitehall. 

It has an antiquarian library and stunning white marble staircase, with glittering chandeliers.

In its modern form, the ball sees well-to-do families enjoy a lavish feast and fine champagne before an evening of dancing, with tables starting at £2,500. 

The event saw the debutantes making their society debut in white dresses and gloves, with sparkling jewels adding a touch of bling to their stylish outfits. 

The event took place at the distinguished One Whitehall Place, which is part of the former Palace of Whitehall

The event took place at the distinguished One Whitehall Place, which is part of the former Palace of Whitehall

Pictured (L-R): Emily Wilson, Sophia Jenkinson, Isabel Applewhite, Melody Zhao, Jean Kallenburg and Madison Applewhite

Pictured (L-R): Emily Wilson, Sophia Jenkinson, Isabel Applewhite, Melody Zhao, Jean Kallenburg and Madison Applewhite

The elegant debutantes also wore dazzling dresses from designers such as Josephine Scott and Maggie Sottero. Pictured (L-R): Sophia Jenkinson, Isabel Applewhite, Melody Zhao, Jean Kallenburg, Madison Applewhite, Imane Munene, Alice Wang and Samantha McInroy

The elegant debutantes also wore dazzling dresses from designers such as Josephine Scott and Maggie Sottero. Pictured (L-R): Sophia Jenkinson, Isabel Applewhite, Melody Zhao, Jean Kallenburg, Madison Applewhite, Imane Munene, Alice Wang and Samantha McInroy

Each debutante will have been rigorously interviewed before they are selected, to ensure they are intelligent, have particular core ethics, and have either aristocratic or professional backgrounds.

The London Season runs for six months of the year, and includes sporting events, cocktail parties, dances and concerts.

Prior to the event, older debutantes are on hand to guide and critique the girls on their dress dancing and pace around the ballroom. 

On the day itself, an army of professional hair and make-up artists are on hand to make sure that the girls are glowing.

The London Season runs for six months of the year, and includes sporting events, cocktail parties, dances and concerts. Pictured: Gurleen Kaur wearing Maggie Sottero

The London Season runs for six months of the year, and includes sporting events, cocktail parties, dances and concerts. Pictured: Gurleen Kaur wearing Maggie Sottero

Each year, 22 girls are chosen to attend the prestigious ball, and traditional white couture ball gowns are provided on a complimentary basis for debutantes for the evening. Pictured (L-R): Emily Wilson, Madison Applewhite and Isabel Applewhite

Each year, 22 girls are chosen to attend the prestigious ball, and traditional white couture ball gowns are provided on a complimentary basis for debutantes for the evening. Pictured (L-R): Emily Wilson, Madison Applewhite and Isabel Applewhite

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. Pictured: Imane Munene

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. Pictured: Imane Munene

The event attracts those from prestigious families from across the UK but also overseas. Pictured: Samantha McInroy wearing a Maggie Sottero dress and Maxim Cheatle

The event attracts those from prestigious families from across the UK but also overseas. Pictured: Samantha McInroy wearing a Maggie Sottero dress and Maxim Cheatle

All guests that attend the ball are personally invited by Patrons and the Chairman of the London season. Pictured: Emily Wilson, Madison Applewhite, Alice Wang and Shivina Sethi

All guests that attend the ball are personally invited by Patrons and the Chairman of the London season. Pictured: Emily Wilson, Madison Applewhite, Alice Wang and Shivina Sethi

The ‘deb of the year’ is chosen according to ‘who has worked hardest’ during fundraising activities throughout the season and shown the most enthusiasm.

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.

The event attracts those from prestigious families from across the UK but also overseas, including members of royal families from the UK, Europe, the Middle East, Russia and China.

All guests that attend the ball are personally invited by Patrons and the Chairman of the London season.




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