On Saturday this weekend, the stage was set for the gala event Le Bal des Débutantes in Paris – where Leah Isadora Behn (17) was one of the hand-picked guests.
Behn was one of only 20 girls from around the world selected for “Le Bal”, which took place at the venerable Shangri-La hotel in the French capital.
According to Se og Hør, the 17-year-old will have been the first Norwegian girl to receive an invitation to the exclusive ball.
Started as a social event, “Le Bal” was held for the first time in July 1958. The event was financed by the fashion and perfume houses of Paris.
It is the daughters of the Hollywood elite, royalty, business moguls, and politicians who get an invitation to the ball. Another criterion for being invited must be an attractive appearance and intelligence.
In 1992, the ball was given an overhaul and turned into a fashion event. In 2005, Forbes described the ball as one of the ten “hottest” parties.
By her side she had Maharaja Lakshraj Singh of Sirmour (18). Maharaja is an Indian princely title which actually means great king, according to Store Norske Leksikon.
Lakshraj Singh has been mentioned in the media before the ball. Recently, the French magazine Point De Vue had a portrait interview on the 18-year-old. The magazine is recognized for its coverage of the French upper class.
In the days after the ball, several photos and videos of the two have been shared on social media.
In a TikTok video kan one can, among other things, see Behn and Singh dancing.
But who is Lakshraj Singh?
Lakshraj comes from the royal family of Jaipur in India. Since the constitutional amendment in 1971, maharajas have had no real power, but still live a life of luxury, according to the French website Histoires Royales. Some of this is due to old, large fortunes and friendships with important people.
His mother, Princess Diya Kumari, is the daughter of Princess Padmini Devi and Prince and Lieutenant Colonel Bhawani Singh of Jaipur. Kumari has had a distinguished political career and is currently a Member of Parliament, according to her website.
Kumari married Narendra Singh in 1997. He was employed at his father’s court and the marriage is said to have caused controversy. According to several media, they separated three years ago. However, the couple had a son Padmanabh (24), a daughter Gauravi (22) and a son Lakshraj.
In 2002, Kumari’s father, Bhawani, chose to adopt his daughter’s first born. This made Padmanabh heir to the throne, and when Bhawani later died in 2011, Padmanabh was made Maharaja of Jaipur. He was then only 13 years old.
Princess Padmini, Lakshraj’s grandmother, gave him the title of Maharaja of Sirmour in 2013. The title had not been in use since the death of the last Maharaja of Sirmour in 1964.
Padmanabh and Gauravi have both attended Le Bal des Débutantes before. Among other things, Padmanabh was accompanied by Ava Philippe (23), daughter of actors Reese Witherspoon (46) and Ryan Phillippe (48).
Ties to the British Royal Family
Padmanabh is the youngest millionaire in India and according to Bollywoodshaadis, he spends his time on polo, traveling and studying in New York.
He also has a direct connection to the British royal house.
The 24-year-old is a professional polo player who has played on the Indian national team, and in connection with the sport he has shared the field with both Prince William (40) and Prince Harry (38).
– The matches I have played with Prince William and Prince Harry have been friendly. Our families have a wonderful relationship. In fact, Prince Charles is my godfather, the 24-year-old previously stated in an interview, according to Bollywoodshaadis.
The reason why Charles, who is now king, ended up being the godfather is that he has a close friendship with Padmanabh’s grandfather.
Diadem mystery solved
At the debutante ball, Leah Isadora wore a powder pink dress designed by Italian fashion designer Giambattista Valli.
But there was one detail in particular about her outfit that got a little extra attention.
She was wearing a tiara for the very first time – which no one recognized.
There was a lot of speculation, but the mystery was finally solved.
– I learned yesterday that it is common to borrow a tiara from a jeweler at the debut ball, even if you should own one yourself or have it available in the family. Which Leah actually has. It turns out that V MUSE jewlery was the official jeweler for the ball this year, and the beautiful tiara Leah borrowed is from 1905, Se og Hør’s royal house expert Caroline Vagle told Monday morning.
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