History

Founded in 1996 by Alexander Ivanovich Suscenko, members of the Russian émigré community and friends in the capital, the Russian Summer Ball is today one of the highlights of London’s social calendar, and guests include the pinnacle of Russian society. Her Highness Princess Olga of Russia, His Highness Prince Rostislav of Russia, His Excellency the Ambassador of the Russian Federation, the most important representatives from the country make their way to the heart of London to experience a faithful recreation of the traditional balls of the past.

The ball, however, actually started with a relatively humble aim in mind. “We had to find a way to gather funds for construction of the First Russian Orthodox Church in the UK,” explains Alexander “As a result, an idea of bringing Russian people united by mutual history and faith together to enjoy a pleasant evening with people who are also interested in charity and Russian culture became a reality.”

The Russian Summer Ball is a magnificent expression of Russian tradition, one that holds true to those of centuries past. “The only difference,” says Alexander Suscenko, “between the balls described in Tolstoy’s books 200 years ago, and balls we organise nowadays, is that they are held outside Russia.”

History of past balls

24/05/1996 The (First) Russian Summer Ball, The Irish Club
06/06/1997 2nd Russian Summer Ball, Six Hamilton Place
05/06/1998 3rd Russian Summer Ball, The Naval and Military Club
19/06/1999 4th Russian Summer Ball, The Naval and Military Club
Guest of Honour: HH Prince Nicholas of Russia
10/06/2000 5th Russian Summer Ball, The Savile Club
23/06/2001 6th Russian Summer Ball, The Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace
Guests of Honour TH Prince and Princess Alexander of Russia
08/06/2002 7th Russian Summer Ball, The Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace
21/06/2003 8th Russian Summer Ball, The Cavalry and Guards Club
19/06/2004 9th Russian Summer Ball, The Cavalry and Guards Club
Guests of Honour: TH Prince and Princess Dimitri of Russia
25/06/2005 10th Anniversary Russian Summer Ball, The Cavalry and Guards Club
Guest of Honour: HH Prince Dimitri of Russia
Attended: HE The Russian Ambassador Mr Yuri Fedotov
01/07/2006 11th Russian Summer Ball, The Cavalry and Guards Club
Guests of Honour: TH Prince and Princess Dimitri of Russia
07/06/2007 12th Russian Summer Ball, The Cavalry and Guards Club
Guests of Honour: TH Prince and Princess Dimitri of Russia
Attended: HE The Russian Ambassador Mr Yuri Fedotov
14/06/2008 13th Russian Summer Ball, The Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace
Guests of Honour: TH Prince and Princess Dimitri of Russia, HH Princess Olga of Russia
06/06/2009 14th Russian Summer Ball, The Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace
Guests of Honour: TH Prince and Princess Dimitri of Russia, HH Princess Olga of Russia
Attended: The Charge d’Affaires Mr Alexander Sternik
12/06/2010 15th Russian Summer Ball, The Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace
Guests of Honour: TH Prince and Princess Dimitri of Russia, HH Princess Olga of Russia, HE The Russian Ambassador Mr Yuri Fedotov
11/06/2011 16th Russian Summer Ball, The Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace
Guests of Honour: HH Princess Olga of Russia, HH Prince Rostislav of Russia, HE The Russian Ambassador Mr Alexander Yakovenko
16/06/2012 17th Russian Summer Ball, The Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace
Guests of Honour: TH Prince and Princess Dimitri of Russia, HH Princess Olga of Russia, HH Prince Rostislav of Russia, HH Princess Alexandra of Russia
29/06/2013 18th Russian Summer Ball, The Carlton Club
Guest of Honour: HH Princess Olga of Russia
07/06/2014 19th Russian Summer Ball, The Cavalry and Guards Club
Guests of Honour: HH Princess Olga of Russia, HH Prince Rostislav of Russia
20/06/2015 20th Anniversary Russian Summer Ball, Lancaster House
Guests of Honour: HH Princess Olga of Russia, HH Prince Rostislav of Russia, HH Prince Nikita of Russia, 
11/06/2016 21th Russian Summer Ball, Lancaster House
Guests of Honour: HH Princess Olga of Russia

Guests have included

T.H. The Prince and Princess Alexander of Russia
T.H. Prince and Princess Dimitri of Russia
H.H. Princess Olga of Russia
H.H. Prince Nicholas of Russia
H.H. Princess Rostislav of Russia
H.H. Princess Nikita of Russia
H.R.H. Princess Victoria Saxe-Coburg & Gotha
H.H. Prince Karl Emich zu Leiningen
H.R.H. Princess Tomislav of Yugoslavia
H.R.H. Prince George of Yugoslavia
H.R.H. Prince Michael of Yugoslavia
H.E. The Russian Ambassador
Sergei Leiferkus
Sergei Larin

Charities involved

1996- 2001 Restoration Fund of the Russian Convent of St Mary Magdalene, Jerusalem
1996- 2001 The Building Appeal Fund of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition in London
2001- 2004 Children’s Home at the Russian Convent of the Virgin, Santiago, Chile
2004- 2015 The Romanov Fund for Russia
2005 The Oxford-St. Petersburg Educational Trust
2014 St. Gregory’s Foundation