Queen of Bowlegs: Elizabeth “Beck” Noble England

As one of the youngest women chosen to serve as Queen of Bowlegs, Elizabeth “Beck” Noble England sees herself as a bridge-builder in the 65th Krewe.

“I work in Santa Rosa Beach,” England said. “A lot of people out that way don’t know about the Krewe.

“I’m hoping to bridge that gap — from between the bridges, I call it,” she added.

England’s husband, Chris England, said as part of the Top Six, his wife’s role of building bridges can be viewed as uniting longtime and newer members, younger and older members.

“As one of the younger queens, she brings in the new members. They are the future of the Krewe,” he added. “(The Krewe) is a mixed group of ages, but it’s a balance.”

England also provides her planning and preparation skills to the Krewe.

“I bring in creativity by trade,” she said. “I’m an event designer and floral designer. I do things a little different as have been done in the past as far as (Krewe) décor and parties.”

England intends to use her professional skills to also bridge a gap between the Krewe and the general public.

“I hope to bring awareness to the Krewe and what the Krewe does in the community,” she said. “The Krewe does a lot that people don’t realize. We’re really present in the community.”

Last night, as the queen was crowned, she wore a black and gold gown, created by D&D Creations of New Orleans.

“It has pockets,” she said. “That was a major thing that I wanted.”

Her train incorporates symbols that reflect her family, but she also added a breast cancer awareness symbol as a reflection of her personal cancer survival. The triangles on the train represent the Mississippi Delta region, where she grew up, and her nod to her university sorority, the Tri-Deltas.

The train and the collar were also both completed by D&D Creations of New Orleans. Dynasty Collections in Mobile, Alabama, created the crown, medallion and earrings.

Both England and her husband arrived separately to the area the late 1990s. They married in 2007, and they served as Honor Guard to Capt. Billy Bowlegs LXIV, Andy Corbin, and Queen Barbara Densmore.