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Indian 'prince', Reese Witherspoon daughter at Paris debutants' ball

Witherspoon's daughter Ava Phillippe made her debut at the Bal des Debutantes in Paris with 'Prince' Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur. Photograph: (Instagram)

WION Web Team Delhi, India Nov 27, 2017, 01.00 AM (IST)

Reese Witherspoon's lookalike daughter Ava Philippe made her 'society debut' at the Bal des Debutantes in Paris in what looked like a fairytale setup. She wore a gold Giambattista Valli haute couture ball gown for the night.

Bal des Debutantes, also known as the Crillon Ball -- taking its name from the Hotel Crillon where it is held, Ava made her debut with an Indian "prince". Her date for the night was Maharaja Padmanabh Singh of Jaipur. 

According to People magazine, the young "prince" nicknamed "Pacho" plays with Prince William and is on India's national polo team. 

While at the ball, Maharaja Padmanabh and Ava could be seen having a great time dancing. They danced to a song from the movie "La La Land". 

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As per People, the young "prince's" sister also made her debut this year -- "Princess" Gauravi Kumari of Jaipur. 

This year, Ava Phillippe was one of six Americans present, including Lori Harvey (in a black Elie Saab dress), daughter of TV host and mogul Steve Harvey.

The Crillon Debutantes Ball is a contemporary version of a British tradition which began in the eighteenth century. 

The new form raises money for two charities like Seleni, a centre for women's mental health, and Children of Asia, which aims to raise the enrolment of young girls from Southeast Asia into education.

It was originally a ceremony for eligible young women from aristocratic families to be presented in front of the Queen when they turned 18. It was a sign that a woman was ready to be betrothed, and an introduction to families of a similar social standing.

Le Bal's dress code requires girls to wear haute couture dresses.

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