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In support of 

Scottish people

The Royal Caledonian Ball and its associated Charities Trust have raised crucial funds for Scottish causes for nearly two centuries. Initially set up to support the Caledonian Asylum (now the Royal Caledonian School) and the Scottish Hospital in London (now ScotsCare), the Trust remains focused on the care of Scottish people in need.

Our aim is to give where it will make the greatest difference. We believe in thinking globally and acting locally: by combining our national platform with local insight our grants are able to help hundreds of people across Scotland each year, from the Highlands and Islands down to the Borders. 

The Trust supports projects and initiatives in six main areas of work: the elderly; children and young people; the homeless; veterans; the ill and injured; and those living with disabilities. 

Celebrating two centuries

of Scottish tradition

First held as part of the 1822 "Tartan Revival", the Royal Caledonian Ball is widely considered to be the world's oldest charitable ball. With a thrilling programme of reels, waltzes, foxtrots and jigs - not to mention a much-needed breakfast in the middle! - the Ball prides itself on upholding tradition and bringing a taste of bonnie Scotland south of the border.

To attend the Royal Caledonian Ball is to dance in the footsteps of those who have come before, whether one's own relatives - often dating back generations - or illustrious figures such as the first Duke of Wellington. We are fortunate to maintain the patronage of much of the Scottish nobility as well as the Royal Family, including HRH The Princess Royal and HM The Queen.

The Royal Caledonian's Bi-Centenary Ball is due to be held in Spring 2022.

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