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Boris Becker's daughter dazzles at debutante ball

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Boris Becker's 15-year-old daughter Anna Ermakova has officially been welcomed into London society by being presented at the historic Queen Charlotte's Ball. Anna turned heads at the event – the highlight of the London season, when debutantes make their first appearance in high society - in a beautiful white strapless gown, featuring a full skirt with tulle overlay and an embroidered bodice. She completed her elegant ensemble with long white gloves, a diamond necklace and a sparkling hair piece.

The gown was made especially for her by Emma Victoria Payne of Emma Victoria Payne Bridalwear, and ahead of the big day, Anna modelled the dress at the designer's boutique on Beauchamp Place.


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Anna Ermakova has been presented at the Queen Charlotte's Ball

The Queen Charlotte's Ball, which is held at Kensington Palace, was formed over 200 years ago when the custom of returning to London at the end of the hunting season was marked by a series of glamorous events.King George III introduced the Queen Charlotte's Ball in 1780 to celebrate his wife's birthday, and debutantes were traditionally presented to the king or queen up until 1958, marking their arrival into high society.

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The ball is considered the pinnacle event of the London Season

Nowadays, the young ladies, usually aged between 17 and 20, attend the grand ball where they are presented to guests and curtesy to the Queen Charlotte cake. Tables at the event costs several thousand pounds each.Although Anna has followed in her mother's modelling footsteps, the teenager bears a striking resemblance to her famous father. Anna was conceived in 1999 after a brief, but well-publicised, encounter between Boris and Russian model Angela Ermakova. The fling led to his £20million divorce from Barbara Feltus, but the Wimbledon champion has said he cannot regret it.

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Anna, 15, bares a striking resemblance to her father, Boris Becker

"I live and learn. It cost me my marriage, it cost for the next couple of years my private life, but having Anna is not a mistake anymore," said Boris, who obtained joint custody of Anna in 2007. "I have a beautiful daughter. Today, I wouldn't want to miss it for a minute. I love her very much."

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