Supporting small Scottish charities

The Royal Caledonian Charities Trust supports Scottish causes in the following areas: the elderly, children, those with disabilities, the military, the injured and the homeless.


It is estimated that over 3 million pounds has been given to worthy Scottish causes since the Caledonian Ball's inception - and as much as £350,000 over the last ten years.

We aim to give where it will make the greatest difference: our grants fund projects and initiatives across Scotland, from the Borders to the Highlands and Islands.


The Royal Caledonian Ball

Widely considered to be the world's oldest charitable ball, and still a staple of the London social season, the Royal Caledonian Ball continues to draw hundreds of reelers to Grosvenor House each spring. 

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 tradition and bringing a taste of bonnie Scotland south of the border.

The next Royal Caledonian Ball is due to be held in Spring 2022.

Two centuries of Scots in London

"One of the most magnificent fetes ever seen was the Scottish Gala, on Monday night, held at Almack's. We can convey but a very faint outline of the scene. The most gorgeous splendour prevailed throughout." - the Morning Post, 1823

"The Royal Caledonian Ball is a foot-stomping bacchanal from start to finish. No matter the decade, no matter the century, everyone always has a wonderful time."  - the Scotsman, 2013


From our early origins, to our long-standing Royal Patrons and generations worth of anecdotes, you can read more about our history here - as well as contribute your own memories! 

The Royal Caledonian Charities Trust is a charity registered in England and Wales under number: 213074

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