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Everything You Need to Know About the Royal Family's Annual Ghillies Ball at Balmoral. Every year, at the end of her summer holiday at Balmoral, Queen Elizabeth hosts a party.

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Every summer, Queen Elizabeth travels to Balmoral Castle in Scotland for her summer holiday. "I think Granny is the happiest there. I think she really, really loves the Highlands," her granddaughter Princess Eugenie shared in the documentary Our Queen At Ninety.

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 Ghillies Ball's History

In order to thank their staff and servants, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert hosted a dance in September after they bought Balmoral in 1852. The Ghillies Ball would eventually be the name of this dance. Gamekeeper is the Gaelic word for "ghillie," and ghillies are also specially made shoes that are frequently used in Scottish country dancing.

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What happens at the Ghillies Ball?

According to Corbett's recollections, "Queen Mary was an incredibly lively figure at these dances." "All Highland dances were her favorites, as were many traditional English country dances, which she always included in the program.

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What happens at the Ghillies Ball?

Throughout the first half of the dance, she would participate in each one. However, King George V was a terrible dancer. He would proceed and take a seat on the Royal dais at the other end of the space and keep a close eye on the dancers, occasionally turning to one of his staff and making a cunning remark."

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What do attendees wear to the Ghillies Ball?

The attire of the men and women at the ball as being black tie and kilts for the men and tiaras, long dresses, and tartan sashes with diamond brooches for the women.

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When does the Ghillies Ball take place?

The event usually takes place in late August or early September each year, toward the end of the royal family's summer vacation. The majestic ballroom of Balmoral Castle serves as the venue.