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The debutantes ball

<p>Debutantes wait to begin preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. Queen Charlotte's Ball is the crowning event of the London Season, a program for a hand-picked group of girls from rich backgrounds, normally between 17 and 20 years old, involving meetings with aristocracy, etiquette classes, and charity fund-raising.    REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Debutantes wait to begin preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. Queen Charlotte's Ball is the crowning event of the London Season, a program for a hand-picked group of girls from rich backgrounds, normally...more

Debutantes wait to begin preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. Queen Charlotte's Ball is the crowning event of the London Season, a program for a hand-picked group of girls from rich backgrounds, normally between 17 and 20 years old, involving meetings with aristocracy, etiquette classes, and charity fund-raising. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutantes Lucinda Royden, Eli Miansarow and Alice Palmer (L-R) compare evening dresses as they wait to begin preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Debutantes Lucinda Royden, Eli Miansarow and Alice Palmer (L-R) compare evening dresses as they wait to begin preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Debutantes Lucinda Royden, Eli Miansarow and Alice Palmer (L-R) compare evening dresses as they wait to begin preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutante Eli Miansarow looks at her evening dress as she waits for preparations to begin for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012.     REUTERS/Olivia Harris</p>

Debutante Eli Miansarow looks at her evening dress as she waits for preparations to begin for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Debutante Eli Miansarow looks at her evening dress as she waits for preparations to begin for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutantes Sophie Bonello, Amelia Simmons and Isabella Simmons (front L-R) undergo hair and makeup preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Debutantes Sophie Bonello, Amelia Simmons and Isabella Simmons (front L-R) undergo hair and makeup preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Debutantes Sophie Bonello, Amelia Simmons and Isabella Simmons (front L-R) undergo hair and makeup preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Dress designer Dana Kruszynska looks at the dresses to be worn at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Dress designer Dana Kruszynska looks at the dresses to be worn at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Dress designer Dana Kruszynska looks at the dresses to be worn at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutante Jenny Ward changes during preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012.  REUTERS/Olivia Harris</p>

Debutante Jenny Ward changes during preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Debutante Jenny Ward changes during preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutante Amelia Simmons is pictured during hair and make-up preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012.      REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Debutante Amelia Simmons is pictured during hair and make-up preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Debutante Amelia Simmons is pictured during hair and make-up preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Dress designer Dana Kruszynska looks at a dress to be worn at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris</p>

Dress designer Dana Kruszynska looks at a dress to be worn at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Dress designer Dana Kruszynska looks at a dress to be worn at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutantes Maria Austin, Amelia Simmons, Sophie Bonello, Zoe Rawson, and Georgina Riddle (L-R) attend a dress-fitting for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London July 25, 2012. Maria, 20, studies drama and theatre studies at Royal Holloway, and would like to either become a classical actor or go into business development. She says she was attracted to take part in the London Season partly because of the work the girls do in charity fundraising. "A lot of my friends went over to Malawi and Cambodia and did something worthwhile, and I wanted to have the chance to give something back a little bit, so I was really interested in the charity side of it," she said. REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Debutantes Maria Austin, Amelia Simmons, Sophie Bonello, Zoe Rawson, and Georgina Riddle (L-R) attend a dress-fitting for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London July 25, 2012. Maria, 20, studies drama and theatre studies at Royal Holloway, and...more

Debutantes Maria Austin, Amelia Simmons, Sophie Bonello, Zoe Rawson, and Georgina Riddle (L-R) attend a dress-fitting for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London July 25, 2012. Maria, 20, studies drama and theatre studies at Royal Holloway, and would like to either become a classical actor or go into business development. She says she was attracted to take part in the London Season partly because of the work the girls do in charity fundraising. "A lot of my friends went over to Malawi and Cambodia and did something worthwhile, and I wanted to have the chance to give something back a little bit, so I was really interested in the charity side of it," she said. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>White gloves are seen laid out next to a list of names as preparations begin for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

White gloves are seen laid out next to a list of names as preparations begin for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

White gloves are seen laid out next to a list of names as preparations begin for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutante Lauren Evans waits for Queen Charlotte's Ball to begin in central London September 14, 2012.  REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Debutante Lauren Evans waits for Queen Charlotte's Ball to begin in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Debutante Lauren Evans waits for Queen Charlotte's Ball to begin in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutantes Jenny Ward and Lauren Evans have their hair blow-dried for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012.    REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Debutantes Jenny Ward and Lauren Evans have their hair blow-dried for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Debutantes Jenny Ward and Lauren Evans have their hair blow-dried for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>A hairdresser fits a tiara on debutante Eli Miansarow during preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

A hairdresser fits a tiara on debutante Eli Miansarow during preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

A hairdresser fits a tiara on debutante Eli Miansarow during preparations for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutantes Ella Venables (L) and Alice Palmer rehearse for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012.   REUTERS/Olivia Harris</p>

Debutantes Ella Venables (L) and Alice Palmer rehearse for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Debutantes Ella Venables (L) and Alice Palmer rehearse for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>The ball coordinator helps up debutante Zoe Rawson before Queen Charlotte's Ball begins in central London September 14, 2012. Zoe, 18, has just started studying geography at Edinburgh University and is travelling to Dubai, New York and Shanghai over the coming year for a string of debutante events.     REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

The ball coordinator helps up debutante Zoe Rawson before Queen Charlotte's Ball begins in central London September 14, 2012. Zoe, 18, has just started studying geography at Edinburgh University and is travelling to Dubai, New York and Shanghai over...more

The ball coordinator helps up debutante Zoe Rawson before Queen Charlotte's Ball begins in central London September 14, 2012. Zoe, 18, has just started studying geography at Edinburgh University and is travelling to Dubai, New York and Shanghai over the coming year for a string of debutante events. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutantes Sophie Bonello, Lucinda Royden and Alice Palmer (L-R) look on during dress rehearsals for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. The girls make a grand entrance walking in one by one and are judged on their posture, elegance and pace.  REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Debutantes Sophie Bonello, Lucinda Royden and Alice Palmer (L-R) look on during dress rehearsals for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. The girls make a grand entrance walking in one by one and are judged on their posture,...more

Debutantes Sophie Bonello, Lucinda Royden and Alice Palmer (L-R) look on during dress rehearsals for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. The girls make a grand entrance walking in one by one and are judged on their posture, elegance and pace. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutante Ella Venables rehearses for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012.   REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Debutante Ella Venables rehearses for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Debutante Ella Venables rehearses for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutante Alice Palmer is told off for walking too fast by former debutante Patricia Woodall as she rehearses for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012.   REUTERS/Olivia Harris</p>

Debutante Alice Palmer is told off for walking too fast by former debutante Patricia Woodall as she rehearses for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Debutante Alice Palmer is told off for walking too fast by former debutante Patricia Woodall as she rehearses for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutantes rehearse for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Debutantes rehearse for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Debutantes rehearse for Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>The traditional Queen Charlotte's cake is wheeled into the ballroom during Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012.    REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

The traditional Queen Charlotte's cake is wheeled into the ballroom during Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

The traditional Queen Charlotte's cake is wheeled into the ballroom during Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Kitchen staff look at debutante Eli Miansarow as she passes by during Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Kitchen staff look at debutante Eli Miansarow as she passes by during Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Kitchen staff look at debutante Eli Miansarow as she passes by during Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutante Talitha Piggott is named Debutante of the Year at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012.    REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Debutante Talitha Piggott is named Debutante of the Year at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Debutante Talitha Piggott is named Debutante of the Year at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutante Ella Venables is taught to waltz by a guest in the spacious ladies' toilets at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. Ella is anxious because she will have to dance with her father but does not know how to waltz.   REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Debutante Ella Venables is taught to waltz by a guest in the spacious ladies' toilets at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. Ella is anxious because she will have to dance with her father but does not know how to waltz. ...more

Debutante Ella Venables is taught to waltz by a guest in the spacious ladies' toilets at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. Ella is anxious because she will have to dance with her father but does not know how to waltz. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutante Rebecca Cliffe collapses giggling in the spacious ladies' toilets at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012.  REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Debutante Rebecca Cliffe collapses giggling in the spacious ladies' toilets at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Debutante Rebecca Cliffe collapses giggling in the spacious ladies' toilets at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutantes Alice Palmer (L) and Eli Miansarow dance together at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Debutantes Alice Palmer (L) and Eli Miansarow dance together at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Debutantes Alice Palmer (L) and Eli Miansarow dance together at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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<p>Debutante Isabella Simmons (R) dances with one of the male guests, known as "debs' delights", at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012.  REUTERS/Olivia Harris </p>

Debutante Isabella Simmons (R) dances with one of the male guests, known as "debs' delights", at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Debutante Isabella Simmons (R) dances with one of the male guests, known as "debs' delights", at Queen Charlotte's Ball in central London September 14, 2012. REUTERS/Olivia Harris

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