Le Bal des Débutantes 2022

Royal and Noble Debutantes from around the world attended Le Bal des Débutantes at the Shangri La Hotel in Paris on November 26th. The annual charity event launched prominent young women into society, and raises funds for Enfants d’Asie, an organization which provides education for girls in Southeast Asia, and Seleni, a non-profit organisation that finances research in healthcare for adolescent mothers.

The Ball was opened by Leah Behn with Stéphane Bern, followed by a waltz with the débutantes and their fathers, who then ceded their daughters to the cavaliers, and the waltz was replaced with contemporary music with a live band. The Jewellery was loaned to the débutantes by V Muse Jewellery.

The 2022 Débutantes included Leah Behn, Princess Hélène d’Orléans, Archduchess Sophia von Habsburg-Lorraine, Princess Inayatinder Kaur of Patiala, Countess Olimpia Rimbotti, Teale Burrell, and Marine Degryse, granddaughter of Baron Guy Ullens de Schooten Whettnall. 

The Cavaliers included Maharaja Lakshraj Prakash of Sirmur, the Marquess of Lorne, Prince Leopold of Baden, Prince Philippe d’Orléans, the Duke of Crussol, Prince Alexandre d’Arenberg, Count Leonardo von Waldburg zu Wolfegg und Waldsee, Count Felix of Limburg-Stirum, Count Alberico di Carpegna, Count Rufus de Renusson d’Hauteville, Count Ivan de Poligny and Ignacio de Bourbon.

Leah Behn, the daughter of Princess Märtha Louise of Norway and the late Ari Behn, wore a Collingwood Diamond Tiara auctioned at Sotheby’s in 2018, and was accompanied by  Maharaja Lakshraj Prakash of Sirmur, the brother of Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur.

Princess Hélène d’Orléans, the daughter of the Prince Charles Louis of Orléans, the Duke and Duchess of Chartres, and granddaughter of Prince Jacques, Duke of Orléans, wore a Boucheron Art Deco Diamond Tiara/Necklace from Lady Anne Norman that was auctioned at Christie’s in 2018, earlier wearing the piece as a Tiara with the magnificent Orléans Emerald Necklace that had belonged to another Princess Hélène of Orléans. She was joined by her brother, Prince Philippe d’Orléans.

Archduchess Sophia von Habsburg-Lorraine, the daughter of Archduke Georg of Austria and Duchess Eilika of Oldenburg, was loaned the Diamond Earrings of Marie Thérèse de Savoie, Duchess of Parma, which had at one time belonged to her great-great-grandfather, Robert I, Duke of Parma, and were sold in the ‘Royal Jewels from the Bourbon Parma Family’ Sale at Sotheby’s in 2018, earlier wearing Princess Maria Anna of Bourbon Parma’s Diamond Tiara . The Archduchess was accompanied by Prince Leopold of Baden, son of Hereditary Prince Bernhard and Hereditary Princess Stephanie of Baden, who is set to be the Margrave of Baden. 

Princess Inayatinder Kaur of Patiala, the daughter of Crown Prince Raninder Singh of Patiala, wore the Mellerio Peacock Aigrette originally belonging to the Maharani of Kapurthala, and was joined by the Duke of Crussol. 

Teale Burrell, the daughter Lady Louise Burrell and granddaughter of the 12th Duke and Duchess of Argyll, was accompanied by her cousin, the Marquess of Lorne, the son and heir of the 13th Duke and Duchess of Argyll. 

The family accompanying the Debutantes included Princess Märtha Louise of Norway, Crown Prince Raninder Singh of Patiala, Prince Charles Louis of Orléans, the Duke of Chartres, son of Prince Jacques, Duke of Orléans, and the Duchess of Chartres, Duchess Isabel of Arenberg, Archduke Károly-Konstantin von Habsburg, and Princess Gayatri Kumari of Jaipur among many others.


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