Reigning Royalty

The King

Mr. Thomas Atkinson Roberts

2022 King Thomas RobertsReigning over this year’s Beaux Krewe Ball is King Thomas Atkinson Roberts, a fourth generation native of Birmingham. The King is the son of the late John Sharp Gillespy Roberts and Evelyn Atkinson Roberts. His Majesty has enjoyed being a member of the Krewe for thirty-five years and is grateful to the Krewe for the honor to serve as its King this year.

He is married to the former Laura Susan Jones of Montgomery. His Majesty and Lady Laura Susan have three children: Atkins Roberts and John Allen Roberts, both of Birmingham, and Laura Roberts Clay of Nashville. Atkins and his wife, “Fluff,” have three sons: Atkins, John Killebrew, and Anderson, two of whom will serve as Ushers to the King’s box. Laura Roberts Clay (a Princess in the 1998 Krewe Ball) and her husband, Stewart Clay, have three children: Stewart, and twin daughters, Laura Thomas and Anne James, all of whom will serve as King’s Trainbearers.

His Majesty attended the University of Alabama where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
Following his graduation from college, King Tommy began a career in the Property and Casualty Insurance business with Sevier Insurance Agency. He later became principal owner of the agency and after twenty years as its President, he sold the agency and remained as the Managing Director for six years. King Tommy subsequently joined Bates Insurance Agency as a producing agent at which time the name became Bates, Roberts, Fowlkes, and Jackson. Today His Majesty advises he is working as hard as ever serving his clients’ needs.

King Tommy served on the Board of Directors of the former Carraway Methodist Hospital. Through the years he also served on Boards of various Insurance organizations. In addition to the Beaux Arts Krewe, His Majesty is a member of Mountain Brook Club, The Club, The Redstone Club, and the Monday Morning Quarterback Club.

King Tommy and Laura Susan enjoy traveling and spending time with their family. They are also avid Alabama football fans and attend many home games, as well as post season championships. His Majesty coached his childrens’ competitive youth soccer teams for over sixteen years, traveling the southeast. Further, King Tommy coached one of his grandson’s youth basketball teams for several years. His Majesty enjoys quail hunting, bird dogs, and playing golf.

Our King and his family are active members of St. Mary’s-on-the-Highlands Episcopal Church where he and Lady Laura Susan have both served on the Vestry. King Tommy is a chalice bearer, usher, lay reader, and a member of the Tuesday Morning Bible Study.

The Queen

Sarah Randall Hydinger

2022 Queen Sarah HydingerQueen Sarah Randall Hydinger is excited and honored to be the Queen of the 2022 Beaux Arts Krewe Ball. Sarah is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge Thornton Hydinger, junior. She graduated from Mountain Brook High School in 2019, where she was a recipient of the Spartan Crest and the Harold Patterson Award for outstanding service. She served as a Student Government Association Class Representative and an Executive Council officer, First Priority music leader and officer, and was a junior varsity cheerleader. Sarah also greatly enjoyed the opportunity to serve on Leadership Mountain Brook and as an intern for the Mountain Brook Chamber of Commerce. Sarah served as a Birmingham Belle, was presented at Holiday Assembly and the Ball of Roses and is a member of the Debutante Club of Birmingham.

Sarah is currently a senior at the University of Alabama and has been on the Dean’s list every semester. She will graduate from the Capstone in May 2022 with a degree in Public Relations. Sarah is an active member of Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority where she served as Chaplain, Director of Community Engagement, and Director of Member Experience. Since her freshman year, Sarah has been involved in Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) on campus and enjoys participating on the RUF Leadership Team, specifically as the leader of the music team. She is also currently working as a youth ministry intern at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa. Sarah has a love of music and a natural gift of singing, and she has enjoyed recording music with the contemporary band at the evening service at the Cathedral Church of the Advent. She has been blessed to be mentored by many wonderfully talented musicians in Birmingham and Nashville over the years. In her free time, Sarah enjoys watching the Crimson Tide, learning to play the guitar, and spending time with friends and family at Lake Martin.

Sarah’s family has a long history of service to the Beaux Arts Krewe. Queen Sarah was in the first grade when she began serving the Krewe as a Royal Page. She continued as a Page for many years, while her mother, Laura, and her grandmother, Susan Christian, served as chairs for the Ladies of the Krewe. Sarah’s mother was presented in the Krewe Ball in 1989, while she was also at the University of Alabama. Sarah’s father, Thornton, has served on numerous committees of the Krewe, including Captain and President. Sarah’s grandfather, John Christian, is also a former Captain and President of the Krewe. Sarah is the granddaughter of John Owen Christian and the late Susan Clark Christian, Sharon Hydinger Vines, the late Elbridge Thornton Hydinger, and the late Fred Horace Vines, all of Birmingham. Additionally, the Queen has a much-loved older brother, Thornton, who graduated from the University of Alabama in 2020 and now lives and works in Huntsville.

Sarah is tremendously honored to be Queen of the Beaux Arts Krewe and is proud of the Krewe’s long legacy of dedication and support of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Sarah wishes to express her profound appreciation to King Tommy, Captain John Marks, her Guards, and the rest of the Krewe for all their hard work in making the 2022 Ball such a remarkable success and special night to remember.