Cairo caliphs recall Arab conference at ball | Parties/Society

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The royal tent of the New Orleans Country Club was the scene on Saturday when the Cairo caliphs recalled the 1921 Cairo Conference, which aimed to settle disputes from the ‘Arab Revolt’ during World War I, led by a young Winston Churchill, head of the British Colonial Office, and an even younger army officer, TE Lawrence, the legendary “Lawrence of Arabia”. As a result of the conference, Prince Faisal became king of a new country called Iraq. Faisal’s brother, Prince Abdullah, led the new nation of Jordan. The caliphs traveled to Cairo to re-enact the exploits of Lawrence and Faisal that freed the Arabs from centuries of Ottoman rule.

Miss Marcia Elizabeth Skrmetta, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Frederick Skrmetta, reigned as queen.

Her Majesty’s maids were Misses Helena Odinet Koclanes, daughter of Dr and Mrs George Peter Koclanes Jr.; Kaitlyn Claire and Marigny Marie Lanaux, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Paul André Lanaux; Emma Louise Lunn, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. William Wilburn Lunn; and Jenna Elizabeth and Julia Elizabeth O’Dwyer, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Jay Emile Pfister O’Dwyer.

The ladies-in-waiting were Misses Carson Louise Browne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Joseph Brown Jr.; Molly McKay Coman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Matthew McKay Coman; Isabella Marie Dennis, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Patrick Michael Dennis; Mary Ellen Edwards, granddaughter of Dr. Edgar Warren Hull and the late Mrs. Hull; Ella Grace Gilbertson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Eric Gilbertson; Anna Sofia Hayne, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Peck Hayne, Jr.; Meghan Lynn Keen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Edward Keen; Jane Calistoga Luetkemeier, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hans George Luetkemeier; Sloane Alexandra Paysse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rene Sylvain Paysse Jr.; Hailey Reese Sisung, daughter of Mr. Robert Lane Sisung and Mrs. Donna Ritchie Sisung; Christine Campbell Stumpf, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Eugene Stumpf; and Katherine Kelleher Tober, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Robert Tober.

The princesses were Misses McKinley Grace Convenuto, daughter-in-law and daughter of General and Mrs. John Bettes Dunlap III; Lillian Helen Friel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Patrick Friel; Adelaide Ann Hull, granddaughter of Dr. Hull and the late Mrs. Hull; Gretchen Leona Schoenfeld, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Michael Schoenfeld; Eleanor Louise Tafaro, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Charles Tafaro; and Alina Nicole Ward, granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lucien Marrero.

Their Majesties’ pages were Masters Francis Julian Barry IV, son of Mr. and Mrs. Barry III; Harris Cameron Drennan, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Cameron Drennan; Michael Joseph Frey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Keith Martin Frey; and Samuel Bennett Wheeler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Philip Wheeler.

The 2020 Queen, Miss Adelayde Grace Rome, daughter of Mr and Mrs Curtis Perrin Rome III, was presented and received red roses from the King.

Also featured was the 1971 Queen, Mrs. James Cordill Plummer, who reigned as Miss Mary Houston Hainkel. The King presented yellow roses as the orchestra performed “Memories.”

Mr. Charles Tusa Walsten served as General President. Mr. Stephen Henry Schonberg served as Chairman of the Courtyard Committee, Mr. Christopher Seldon Mann served as Chairman of the Reception Committee and Mr. William Sellers Nalty served as Chairman of the Floor Committee. The vice-presidents were Messrs. Ralph Gerard Breaux, Brian Christopher Fitzpatrick, Graham Mears Ralston and Charles Frederick Seemann III.

After the ball, a breakfast was held in honor of the Queen, with music provided by the Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra.

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