White Light Displays Debutantes at Queen Charlotte’s Ball
Often regarded as the pinnacle of the London Season, Queen Charlotte’s Ball is a historic event which has traditionally seen young women being presented for the first time in high society. The ball was first introduced in 1780 by King George III and is now seen as a celebration of the selected debutantes’ year of charity fundraising and etiquette classes. This year’s Ball took place on Friday 11th September at Kensington Palace in what marked the 235th anniversary of the event. As the cross-palace approved production supplier for Historic Royal Palaces, White Light was the ideal choice to provide the production support on this historic occasion.
This year’s event had over 150 VIP guests in attendance who saw the traditional procession of the debutantes being escorted by their fathers into the magnificent King’s Chamber of the Palace, where they were greeted by London Season Patrons H.H. Princess Olga Romanoff and the Duke and Duchess of Somerset. As the complete production solution specialist, WL was on hand to provide the audio, lighting and video support. Jennie Hallam-Peel, Chair of the London Debutante Season, comments: “This was a very prestigious occasion and, due to its tradition, location and attendees, had the very highest of standards. It was paramount that the production support we received on the evening was flawless – hence we approached WL”.
The evening consisted of drinks on arrival followed by the presentation of the debutantes. WL’s Project Manager Tony Simpson comments: “In terms of the presentation, this took place on a catwalk-style platform. I wanted to create the feel of a fashion show and ensure that the lighting used would highlight the spectacular dresses which had been custom-made for this occasion”.
Whilst WL provided the lighting for the actual presentation, the company also supplied the audio support for the speeches made during the dinner which took place in the King’s Drawing Room and the Cupola Room. WL also provided the video projection during the formal Viennese Waltz. Alicia Earls, WL’s Business Development Manager, comments: “What was great about this event was that we could manage all aspects of the production. Our client could depend solely on us to fulfil their requirements as they could draw on all of our expertise”.
The after-dinner entertainment took place in The Orangery with WL once again providing the audio support for the music act. By the time the evening finished, the company had overseen all of the production aspects. Jennie adds: “The Ball was a huge success and I had a fantastic experience working with WL. It was particularly satisfying having the confidence in them to fulfil the brief we supplied”.
Queen Charlotte’s Ball is a further example of WL working on a prestigious occasion within a historic location, having previously provided the production support on the Magna Carta 800th Anniversary as well as being an approved supplier to many of the member venues within Unique Venues of London. Alicia adds: “It’s always great for WL to work on events such as this. What we are now finding is that the more our services and resources expand, the more we can offer on any occasion – something which is clearly very exciting for us as a company”.
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