No it’s not a horse-drawn carriage like the ones we’ve come to know in fairy tales, but we’re hedging our bets that these gorgeous debutantes had no problem being chauffer driven in a Maserati Quattroporte.
The young debutantes had the time of their lives, not just by getting a chance to ride a Quattroportes, but they were also decked from head to toe with some of the world’s most expensive jewelries. On top of that, the ladies were also greeted at the ball by no less than a few women who know a thing or two about royalty: HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, HH Princess Olga Romanov and Their Graces The Duke and Duchess of Somerset. As far as the Maserattis were concerned, the luxury car brand was the official entourage vehicle of the Queen Charlotte’s Ball. Apart from its duties as entourage vehicle, Maseratti also took advantage of the occasion by auctioning off an all-new 2010 Maserati GranCabrio.
The event, which was founded over 250 years ago to raise fund for mothers and babies, was supported by Maserati GB together with its London distributor, HR Owen Sports Cars, in an attempt to raise donations to the Wolfston and Weston Research Centre for Family Health at the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital site of Imperial College London. The event was able to raise £60,000 for the hospital where the money would be put to use to help further develop research of premature birth, miscarriage, and infertility among mothers and all women alike. Here at TopSpeed, we appreciate a noble deed when we see one and Maserati’s involved at such a worthy cause will not go unnoticed. Good work, gentlemen.
Press release after the jump.
MASERATI GB SUPPORTS THE REVIVAL OF QUEEN CHARLOTTE’S BALL
Maserati GB and its London retailer HR OWEN Sports Cars were extremely proud to support the revival of the Queen Charlotte’s Ball, returning to London for the first time in 12 years.
The Ball was founded over two hundred and fifty years ago by Queen Charlotte with the help of the debutantes of the time to raise funds for mothers and babies through the hospital later called Queen Charlotte’s Hospital: it was the traditional "coming out" ceremony that once heralded the beginning of the season.
Today the London Season, chaired by Mrs David Hallam-Peel, supports Lord Winston and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in the research to help premature birth, miscarriage and infertility.
Durbar Court, the "Jewel of Whitehall", was the chosen venue for the event and the Debutantes arrived in chauffeur driven Maserati Quattroporte cars. Dressed in stunning Pronovias white gowns and wearing diamonds and pearls by Mikimoto, they entered Durbar Court in a traditional procession and were presented to HRH Princess Katarina of Yugoslavia, HH Princess Olga Romanov and Their Graces The Duke and Duchess of Somerset.
The Charity Auction, which included the first drive of the Maserati GranCabrio when it arrives in the UK next year, was brilliantly conducted by Lord Dalmeny and raised sixty thousand pounds in support of the Wolfston and Weston Research Centre for Family Health at the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital site of Imperial College London.
QUEEN CHARLOTTE’S APPEAL - MISSION STATEMENT
The new Queen Charlotte’s Appeal will support one of the largest dedicated teams of doctors and scientists in Britain to conduct innovative and vital research that will, to some extent, affect every man, woman and child in this country. The Wolfson and Weston Research Centre for Family Health at the Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s Hospital site of Imperial College London is unequalled in Europe but we desperately need to raise £500,000 a year to ensure that the research into the successful prevention and treatment of these life-shattering conditions continues.
The Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Trust - Reg. Charity 292518
For more information on the London Season and its charitable work please visit www.londonseason.net