A colourful mix of uniforms and guests from all over the world – the Officer’s Ball in Vienna is different from similar events in many ways. However, everyone is welcome to participate and to enjoy an unforgettable night. The Officer’s Ball is considered as the direct successor of Vienna’s Imperial Court Ball. Therefore, the Officer’s Ball takes place in the renowned scenery of the Vienna Hofburg. In 2017, according to the motto ‘Fortitudini’, the ball will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Maria Theresia, the former Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Hungary and Bohemia. “Hence, it is understood that the Officer’s Ball takes place in the magnificent, ornate rooms of the Vienna Hofburg,” Franz Lang, one of the organisers, explains. “It was her residence and we want to resurge the magic of those times for our guests.” Besides, Austria’s officers are trained at the Maria Theresianische Militärakademie, which was endowed by the Archduchess back in 1751.