An introduction to the last debutantes
Over three days in March 1958, 1,400 debutantes curtsied to The Queen at Buckingham Palace in a ceremony that had lasted more than two hundred years. Crowds of onlookers gathered outside Buckingham Palace to watch as they arrived.
However, the last court presentations in 1958 put an end to a ritual that had survived for more than two hundred years.
Listen here to some of the 1958 debutantes recount their experiences and memories of what it was like to be a 'deb'.
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