Reigning Royalty

William Alfred Bowron Jr.The King

Mr. William Alfred Bowron, Jr.

The fiftieth monarch of the Beaux Arts Krewe Ball is William Alfred Bowron, junior, a native of Birmingham. He is the son of Shila Donovan Bowron and the late William Alfred Bowron.

King Bill is married to the former Emily Wood Winburn of Savannah, Georgia. He and Lady Emily have two children, Emily Wood Bowron and William Alfred Bowron, III, as well as their new daughter-in-law Caitlin Smith Bowron.

He is a graduate of the University of Virginia where he was President of his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. His love for the University continued as President of Birmingham’s UVA Alumni Chapter, as a member of the National Selection Committee of Jefferson Scholars, and past Chair of the Regional Committee. King Bill holds a graduate banking degree from the Stonier School of Banking at Rutgers.

Our monarch is the Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Red Diamond, Inc. He serves as the fourth generation of family leadership in the company’s one hundred and eleven year history.

The King’s family has a history of involvement with the Krewe. His father was a founding member of the Krewe. His daughter, Emily Wood, was a Lady in Waiting in 2009 and a royal trainbearer with her brother, Will, for Queen Caroline Amason in 1994. King Bill served twice as a guard and twice as a duke. He presented his niece, Sarah St. Clair Bowron last year.

King Bill sits on the Advisory Board of the Birmingham Museum of Art where he and Lady Emily were co-chairs of the Museum Ball in 2011. He is past Chairman and is a Board Member of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra.

Our monarch has served for over twenty years on the Board of the Tea Association of the U.S., twice as Chairman. He was President of the Southern Coffee Association as well. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization Gold and past State Chair.

He is President of the Mountain Brook Sports Park Foundation, coached soccer for eighteen years for Birmingham United/Mountain Brook Soccer, and is a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham having previously served as a board member.

Our monarch also enjoys hunting, golf, and his time at the beach.

The King thanks the Krewe for the distinct privilege of serving as its monarch. He is honored to share the throne with his exceptional Queen Mary Virginia and expresses his gratitude to the many volunteers responsible for the production of this evening’s Krewe Ball. King Bill thanks the Rex Organization from New Orleans and the Strikers’ Independent Society from Mobile for their presence at the Ball.

Finally, The King wishes to thank Lady Emily and his family for their involvement toward making this a successful reign. By royal decree, he orders the Court and friends to enjoy the evening as the Krewe celebrates its fiftieth anniversary.

Mary Virginia AdamsThe Queen

Mary Virginia Adams

Mary Virginia Adams is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Seth Adams. Mary Virginia is a graduate of Mountain Brook High School where she was a member of the National French Honor Society, Key Club and the Yearbook Staff. She was presented by the Holiday Assembly and served as a Birmingham Belle. She is a lifelong member of St Luke’s Episcopal Church and an eighth generation Alabamian. Mary Virginia spent her elementary, junior high and high school summers at Camp Merrie-Woode where she still goes each summer and works as a counselor. Merrie-Woode holds a special place in her heart as her Grandmother, Mother, Sister and all female cousins have attended and continue to uphold the tradition.

Mary Virginia is a student at the University of Alabama where she is majoring in Elementary Education and on the Dean’s List. She is an active member of Delta Delta Delta sorority and works with Al’s Pals, a mentoring program, through the University. Mary Virginia has recently returned from a semester abroad in London.

Mary Virginia is the granddaughter of Dr. Henry Crommelin, Jr. (Margaret) and the late Mary Moren Sellers Crommelin of Birmingham and Mr. and Mrs. James Griffin Adams of Decatur, Alabama. Her brother, Arthur Richmond Forsyth Adams, is a freshman at University of the South and her sister, Harriet Huntress Crommelin Adams is a seventh grader at Mountain Brook Junior High School. Mary Virginia’s sister and three of her first cousins are serving as Queen’s Trainbearers and her uncles, David, Claiborne and Charles are serving as Queen’s Guards.

Mary Virginia’s father, Seth, escorted her mother to the 25th Beaux Arts Krewe Ball in 1992 where her mother reigned as Queen Forsyth. Mary Virginia has participated as a Royal Page for the Krewe and is honored to serve as Queen for the 50th Beaux Arts Krewe Ball. She wishes to acknowledge the Krewe’s continued dedication to the Birmingham Museum of Art and express her sincere appreciation for all the members and people who made this evening a success. She dedicates this evening to the memory of her late grandmother, Mary Moren Sellers Crommelin, who instilled in all thirteen of her grandchildren a love of family and the importance of giving back to the community around them. She is humbled to have a court full of family and close friends celebrating her reign. She is honored to join with King Bill and Lady Emily in marking this momentous occasion.

“Laissez les bons temps rouler!”