The Russian Debutante Ball 2015

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GUESTS OF HONOUR - Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent

Admiral the Rt Hon Baron West of Spithead

PATRON - Princess Olga Romanoff

Celebrates Cultural Links between Russia and Great Britain

The current Russian spacecraft exhibition at the Science Museum in London, paying tribute to Russia’s achievements that kick started the space age, is just one of the reminders of the cultural and scientific links between the nations. This year it is also the 200th Anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, when Britain’s and Russia’s common foe Napoleon was defeated.

The Russian Debutante Ball will celebrate the two nations’ shared culture and history – and in 2015 the message will be particularly significant.

The attendance of our guest of honour Admiral Lord West, former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the British Home Office, in full naval uniform, as a gesture of recognition for the Russian and British soldiers who fought together to defeat fascism during the Second World War, will further strengthen this message.

The Russian Débutante Ball will take place in London for the third consecutive year, this time on 15th November at the five star Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane.


Sixty young ladies have been selected from very diverse backgrounds and territories such as Ukraine, the Baltic States, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova as well as Russia and Great Britain showing cultural harmony between the nations and rising above any political tensions.

Having perfected their dancing skills at the studios of Karen Hardy of Strictly Come Dancing fame, these debs and their partners will take part in the spectacular opening ceremony in the Great Ballroom, dancing to the tunes of the waltz, polonaise, polka and quadrille - in a performance choreographed by Russian dance master Leonid Pletnev.

HRH Princess Michael of Kent

Royal author HRH Princess Michael of Kent, whose husband Prince Michael is a cousin of Queen Elisabeth and is a descendant of Tsar Nicholas II, will attend, together with her son, Lord Frederick Windsor, as a guest of honour. She will be signing her book “Crowned in a Far Country: Portraits of Eight Royal Brides” now translated into Russian, during an exclusive reception preceding the gala dinner.


Evgenia Obraztsova, prima ballerina of the world famous Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, will be performing, as well as other top class artists from the leading theatres and opera houses around the world. Catering to all tastes, Len Phillips Big Band and his 16 piece swing orchestra will provide musical entertainment from the jazz age.

Gala Dinner

A specially created menu by Grosvenor House’s executive chef Nigel Boschetti will include Loin of Cornish Lamb ‘en croute’ renamed Lamb Wellington for the occasion, in honour of the Duke of Wellington, commander of the Allied Armies at the Battle of Waterloo 200 years ago. Fine Bordeaux wines from the vineyards of the Honorary Consul of Russia in Biarritz and his wife Countess Tolstoy will be imported for this very special event, in a symbol of reconciliation between former foes France, Russia and Britain.

Princess Olga Romanoff - Patron

Great niece of Tsar Nicholas II, the last tsar of Russia executed with his family in 1918, Princess Olga Romanoff has kindly agreed to be patron again of this year's event.


Items of sparkling jewellery by world famous luxury Swiss watch and jewellery brand Piaget, one of the sponsors of the ball, will be worn by some of the VIP guests, while sculptures by Russian artist Andrey Korobtsov will add an artistic dimension to this prestigious multi-cultural event.

Charity Event

The Russian Debutante Ball supports the charity “Chance For Life” that provides care for disadvantaged children in Russian orphanages – – Registration no 1142753

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