On 15 June 1815, the Duchess of Richmond organized a ball in Brussels for the officers of Wellington’s army and distinguished guests. This ball was part of Wellington’s psychological warfare, which had always involved ‘pleasure as usual’. During the ball a message arrived from the Prussian commander, Prince Blucher, warning of Napoleon’s approach. Officers slipped away quietly from the ball to join their troops in Quatre Bras on 16 June and for the Battle of Waterloo two days later.
Nearly 200 years later the Ball has been revived to help charities supporting British and other citizens in Belgium. The Ball has helped raise over €126.000 since 2011, with the 2014 Ball at the Palais d’Egmont raising €35,000!
Be a part of this unique event in 2015. Join our select group of sponsors and reinforce your company brand to a quality audience. There are several ways you can contribute to the success of this gala evening:
- Sponsorship of the ball
- Provide items for the auction
- Contribute prizes for the raffle/tombola
2015 Gold Sponsor:
Brits and friends at the Duchess of Richmond’s Ball – Flanders News BE
Brussels International – TV Brussel
Champagne, frocks and warfare – The Wall Street Journal
Live recording 15 June 2013- RTBF televised news