In 1780 King George 111 held the first Queen Charlotte's Ball in honour of his wife. Nearly two centuries later, in 1976, the event continued as part of the Social Season for debutantes hoping to meet suitable partners. However, it now took place in a Park Lane hotel rather than Buckingham Palace, Prince Philip having described it as "bloody daft". The mind boggles at what comment he might have reserved for the confused young man in this picture. From my book, "Being English"