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Inside Queen Charlotte's Ball, the glamorous, Champagne-filled event for affluent debutantes from around the world

Business Insider UK Logo By Alison Millington of Business Insider UK | Slide 1 of 22: <p>Spring and summer in the UK means a season of high-society events packed with tradition.</p><p> From Royal Ascot to the Chelsea Flower Show, there are plenty of opportunities to be seen mingling with the right crowd.</p><p> This is also the case for Britain's youngsters, for whom the Season involves sporting events, cocktail parties, dances, and concerts.</p><p> Its highlight is Queen Charlotte's Ball.</p><p> The ball was originally held by King George III in 1780 to celebrate the birthday of his wife Queen Charlotte, and to raise money for a maternity hospital. </p><p> The event is centred on debutantes: young women making their first official appearance in British upper-class society. It originally involved presenting "society girls" to the monarch, and providing a forum for matching affluent young women and potential marriage partners.</p><p> In 2017, the tradition lives on. While nowadays it is more focused on raising money for children's charities than finding partners for young ladies, the white ball gowns, incredible feast, towering cakes, Champagne, and carriages make it as glamorous as ever. To top it off, tables start at £2,500, <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4869824/Debutantes-attend-annual-Queen-Charlotte-s-Ball.html">according to MailOnline</a><a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4869824/Debutantes-attend-annual-Queen-Charlotte-s-Ball.html">.</a></p><p> The event has been held in Shanghai, Dubai, and London. This year, the event was held at Leeds Castle, in Maidstone, Kent, on September 9 - and it even involved afternoon tea on board a red Routemaster bus.</p><p> Scroll down for a look inside the decadent Queen Charlotte's Ball, which attracts young, eligible women from wealthy and famous families around the world. </p>

Spring and summer in the UK means a season of high-society events packed with tradition.

From Royal Ascot to the Chelsea Flower Show, there are plenty of opportunities to be seen mingling with the right crowd.

This is also the case for Britain's youngsters, for whom the Season involves sporting events, cocktail parties, dances, and concerts.

Its highlight is Queen Charlotte's Ball.

The ball was originally held by King George III in 1780 to celebrate the birthday of his wife Queen Charlotte, and to raise money for a maternity hospital.

The event is centred on debutantes: young women making their first official appearance in British upper-class society. It originally involved presenting "society girls" to the monarch, and providing a forum for matching affluent young women and potential marriage partners.

In 2017, the tradition lives on. While nowadays it is more focused on raising money for children's charities than finding partners for young ladies, the white ball gowns, incredible feast, towering cakes, Champagne, and carriages make it as glamorous as ever. To top it off, tables start at £2,500, according to MailOnline.

The event has been held in Shanghai, Dubai, and London. This year, the event was held at Leeds Castle, in Maidstone, Kent, on September 9 - and it even involved afternoon tea on board a red Routemaster bus.

Scroll down for a look inside the decadent Queen Charlotte's Ball, which attracts young, eligible women from wealthy and famous families around the world.

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