By Olivia Harris
I had thought that ‘debs’ belonged to the pre-1960s days before the pill and equal pay. But at Queen Charlotte’s Ball last week there were eighteen young debutantes who had volunteered for the London Season, the symbolic right of passage to mark their entry into ‘society’ as young women.
The ball was the high point of ‘the season’; six months of parties where young women of money and class were premiered for the marriage market.
The young women at Friday’s Queen Charlotte’s Ball didn’t think it was old fashioned or sexist. None of them would admit they were looking for a husband – or not quite yet, anyway.
They said they wanted to learn confidence in social situations, confidence which might help them to a career.
They also talked about making new friends. The shrewder girls hinted at connections that might be useful in future.