Debutante

Debutantes wait in line to be presented to guests during the Queen Charlotte's Ball at the Royal Courts of Justice, London. Queen Charlotte's Ball is the highlight of the London Season. The London Season was established over two hundred years ago by King George III and culminated in Queen Charlotte's Ball in honour of his wife's birthday. Debutantes are young ladies, usually between 17 and 20 years of age, and these days attend the ball to celebrate a year of charity fund raising, etiquette classes and a season of glittering balls and high society events.

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Debutantes wait to be presented to guests during Queen Charlotte’s Ball at the Royal Courts of Justice, London. The event is the highlight of the London Season, a tradition established more than 200 years ago by King George III, culminating with Queen Charlotte’s Ball in honour of his wife’s birthday. Debutantes are young women, usually between 17 and 20, who attend the ball to celebrate a year of charity fund raising, etiquette classes, parties and high society events.