In the Royal Tent at New Orleans Country Club Friday evening, the Caliphs of Cairo paid homage to Louis XV, king of France, under whose reign three centuries ago was established La Nouvelle-Orléans. Born Feb. 10, 1710, Louis XV came to the throne in 1715 at the age of 5 following the death of his great-grandfather, Louis XIV, the fabled “Sun King” and creator of the great palace of Versailles. The palace gates were featured on the invitation to the ball, which opened to reveal the original St. Louis Cathedral.
Because Louis came to the throne as a child, he and the country were ruled by a regent, Phillipe II, the Duke of Orléans. As regent, the duke was the de facto ruler of France until Louis reached the age of majority. Explorer Pierre Le Moyne d'Iberville was charged to find the mouth of the Mississippi River and establish the colony of Louisiana, named for the child king. Iberville left the expedition and the territorial governorship in the hands of his younger brother, Jean-Baptiste Le Moyne de Bienville, who in 1717 discovered a “crescent bend” in the river, which he felt was safe from tidal surges and hurricanes. On May 7, 1718, a new city was founded, named after the presiding regent as “La Nouvelle-Orléans.”
The Caliphs welcomed Bienville, who was introduced to some of the more illustrious inhabitants of the city, both past and present.
Reigning as queen was Miss Elizabeth Lucy Carter, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Glen Stanley Carter
Maids to her majesty were Misses Katherine Michelle Bickham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Andrew Bickham; and Sarah Gray duPlantier, daughter and stepdaughter of the Very Rev. David Allard duPlantier.
Ladies-in-waiting to her majesty were Misses Kristina Schwing Bickham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bickham; Elizabeth Mary Coman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew McKay Coman; Mallory Page and Mallory Grace Hull, granddaughters of Dr. and Mrs. Edgar Warren Hull; Isabella Michelle Mannino, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mannino II; Gianna Irene Romanos, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Antoine Joseph Romanos; Caroline Grace Zimmer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Frank Zimmer; and Cecelia Frances Zimmermann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Michael Zimmermann.
Princesses in the court were Misses Lydia Leontine Anderson, daughter of Ms. Christine Renee White and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Edgar White Jr.; Ainsley LeFebvre Browne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Joseph Browne Jr., Camille Elizabeth Duncan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Edward Duncan Jr.; Adelaide Kathleen Friel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Patrick Friel; Virginia Elizabeth Gardes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Derek Dylan Gardes; and Emerson Burke Keen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steven Edward Keen.
Pages to their majesties were Masters Andrew Louis Frey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Martin Frey; Philip Murray Lachaussee, son of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Philip Lachaussee; Elijah Thomas Perrien, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Thomas Perrien; and Payton Michael Tauzier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Gerard Tauzier.
Following the presentation of the court, the 2017 queen, Miss Emily Catherine Busse, was presented to the monarchs and received a bouquet of long-stemmed red roses from the king.
Also presented was the Caliphs’ 1968 queen, Mrs. Len Miller, who reigned as Miss Catherine Ellen Ensenat. The theme of the ball that year was “The Wizard of Oz.” The king presented Mrs. Miller with a bouquet of long-stemmed yellow roses, as the orchestra played “Memories.”
Mr. Bret Alden Clesi served as general chairman of the ball. Mr. Arthur Seldon Mann III served as chairman of the court committee, Mr. Charles Tusa Walsten served as chairman of the reception committee and Dr. Jerry Joseph St. Pierre served as chairman of the floor committee. Vice chairmen were Messrs. Donald Gilbert Charbonnet, Brian Christopher Fitzpatrick, William Cabell Nelson, Gerald Francis Plough Jr., Graham Mears Ralston, Kermit Louis Roux III, John Charles Saunders Jr. and Stephen Henry Schonberg.
Following the ball, a breakfast was held at New Orleans Country Club in honor of the queen, with music provided by the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra.