Sunday, June 30, 2013

About Parisian Galas and Viennese Balls

Photo: Getty Images
Already in the first half of this month, on 11 June to be exact, and wholly unnoticed by moi, a gala dinner hosted by the World Monuments Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of historic architecture and cultural heritage sites, took place at the Hôtel de Talleyrand in Paris. Among the names on the guest list full of royals, nobles and otherwise societal figures were Prince Philipp and Princess Isabelle, who have made the outskirts of Paris their home many years ago.

More pictures of the gala which was also attended by Prince Lorenz of Belgium, Archduke of Austria-Este as well as Prince Michel and Princess Maria Pia of Bourbon Parma are located at Getty Images.

Photo: Christian Mikes /
Last Friday about 1000 kilometres further east and slightly south, Prince Constantin's wife Princess Marie mingled with the Viennese society at the Fête Imperiale held at the Winter Riding School of the Spanish Riding School located at the Hofburg in Vienna.

For the forth years in a row, the stunning Winter Riding School, where the famous Lippizaner horses usually give their performances, was transformed into a ballroom for a night. The Spanish Riding School is no stranger to society events and already played host to Empress Maria Theresa's legendary gatherings during the 18th century. All proceeds of the summer ball help to protect Europe's oldest cultural horse breed and to preserve the quality of the Spanish Riding School.

More visuals of Vienna's only summer ball can be found at

Sources: Fête Imperiale,, Getty Images

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