‘Every Tart In London’
Queen Charlotte’s Ball was created so that the daughters of society’s old-money families could make their social debut. The event was introduced by King George III in 1780 as a way to celebrate his wife’s birthday. It was intended to help the ladies find a suitable husband.
Incredibly, it’s back. This week the Daily Mail ran several million photos of the event so that its readership (housewives living in the wrong part of Kent) could lust for romance over the ironing.
Actually, the whole thing feels rife with potential corruption; tickets cost thousands and are purchased through connections by the nation’s richest families. Until 1958, young debutantes used to be presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace, until Prince Philip pointed out that it was ‘bloody daft’.
The Queen also felt that such an elitist event was at odds with her desire for a more modern monarchy. Her sister, Princess Margaret, was not a fan, either. She said: ‘We had to put a stop to it – every tart in London was getting in.’
The ball was cancelled once and for all in 1976, but was revived in 2007. Once it was the season for duchesses – now it belongs to the daughters of hedge fund managers, the ultimate gift from Daddy.
At least they’re not doing anyone harm, and sometimes raise money for charity. Admin likes to stay impartial to such silliness, but this feels like the sort of thing that gives a country a bad name.