The Royal Caledonian Ball
A staple of the London social season for centuries, the Royal Caledonian Ball remains a much anticipated gathering of Scots south of the border. First held as part of the great "Tartan Revival" of 1822, the Ball has been held almost annually since then, with cancellations only occurring because of events beyond the organising Committee’s control - including two world wars, the death of King Edward VII, and more recently the COVID19 pandemic. It is widely believed to be the oldest charity ball in the world.
To attend the Royal Caledonian Ball is to dance in the footsteps of those who have come before, including 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.
From 1930 the Ball has been held at Grosvenor House, which has the largest ballroom in London and is capable of dealing with the hundreds of Scots who descend on the capital to reel the night away each year. Records show that numbers reached around 2000 in previous decades; a figure which is unlikely to be repeated due to modern fire regulations! Still, it is not uncommon to find three generations on the dance floor at once, especially since the custom allowing children - accompanied by their nannies - to watch the Set Reel from the balcony was revived in 2011. It is always a delight to see a row of eager faces watching their parents dancing in the Great Room below.
The Royal Caledonian Ball will return to Grosvenor House on Friday May 10th, 2024.