Latrice Royale

Timothy Wilcots[1] (born February 12, 1972),[2][3] better known by the stage name Latrice Royale, is an American drag performer, recording artist, and reality television personality. She is best known for her appearances on the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race in 2012 and on the first and fourth seasons of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars. She finished fourth on her original season; in its final episode, she was crowned Miss Congeniality. She placed fifth on the fourth season of All Stars. In June 2019, a panel of judges from New York magazine placed Royale tenth on their list of "the most powerful drag queens in America", a ranking of 100 former RuPaul's Drag Race contestants.[4]

Latrice Royale
Latrice Royale singing (cropped).jpg
Royale performing in 2014
Timothy Wilcots

(1972-02-12) February 12, 1972 (age 49)
OccupationDrag performer
Known for
TitleMiss Congeniality
PredecessorYara Sofia
SuccessorIvy Winters
Christopher Hamblin
(m. 2018)
AwardsRuPaul's Drag Race: Miss Congeniality 2012

Life and careerEdit

Wilcots was born in California and raised in Compton, a city in Greater Los Angeles.[5] While growing up, he did not have a relationship with his father.[3]

Royale's first foray into drag was dressing up as Wanda, a character from American sketch comedy show In Living Color, to amuse his friends. While in his twenties, in the mid-1990s, he performed in his first drag show: it was at the Copa Night Club in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.[6] Her drag mother is Tiffany Arieagus.[7]

In May 2011, RuPaul's Drag Race, a drag competition produced as reality television, opened auditions for the show's fourth season;[8] acting on a dare, Wilcots submitted an audition video. His audition was accepted, and he was cast for the show; production began later that year. The fourth season premiered on January 30, 2012. He ultimately placed fourth in the competition and was eliminated in the 11th episode, which aired on April 9, 2012. Viewers voted him Miss Congeniality, and he was crowned in the season finale.[9]

After coming into the public eye, Wilcots was ordained as a minister. The first wedding that he performed was for his friend Daniel in upstate New York in 2013. Royale is a supporter of marriage equality, though he believes that it should not be called "gay marriage", stating, "It's a man and a man, and a woman and a woman getting married, and I think it is special and unique. So why not identify and celebrate it as something special and unique, and not lump it in with the same thing that has been going on for years?"[10][11]

RuPaul's Drag Race season 4Edit

Latrice Royale competed as a "plus-size" queen.[12] He competed against twelve other queens, including Sharon Needles, Phi Phi O'Hara, Willam Belli, and Cher impersonator Chad Michaels.[13]

Royale made it into the top four—along with Needles, Michaels, and O'Hara—and won two challenges along the way, including when she acted in a mock sitcom in "Queens Behind Bars". When Royale was cut from the competition, Entertainment Weekly called the elimination "shocking".[14] When he was eliminated, Royale said to show host RuPaul, "You have changed my life forever. You have changed the world of drag forever. I love you and respect you so much, and thank you for seeing something special in me. Thank you." Guest judges in attendance were Wynonna Judd and Rose McGowan; Royale's words brought tears to McGowan's eyes.[15][16]

Sharon Needles won the crown for season 4. In the season finale, it was announced that Royale would appear on RuPaul's Drag U, which aired later that year.[17] After winning a public fan vote, Royale was crowned as Miss Congeniality of season 4.[18]

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season 1Edit

Royale performing in June 2013

After RuPaul's Drag Race, Royale went on tour across the United States, performing at a number of different venues. When he had the opportunity to appear on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, Royale had to cancel tour dates to appear in the show.[12]

For All Stars, Royale competed against Chad Michaels, Raven, Jujubee, Shannel, Alexis Mateo, Yara Sofia, Manila Luzon, Nina Flowers, Tammie Brown, Pandora Boxx, and Mimi Imfurst.[19] For the competition, the queens were paired together, which was a departure from the rest of the RuPaul competitions where everyone competed alone. Royale and Luzon both chose to be together, and as a team they won the first challenge of the season.

On the third episode of the season, after not performing well with the street-punking challenge, Luzon and Jujubee faced off in the lip syncing challenge to represent each of their teams. Jujubee was paired with Raven. In the end, Royale and Luzon were sent home.[20] During their elimination, RuPaul told them, "Manila and Latrice, my brainy and courageous queens. I think I’m going to miss you the most. Now, sashay away."[21]

RuPaul's Drag UEdit

In 2012, Royale joined the cast of RuPaul's Drag U for its third and final season. Other "professors" included JuJubee, Manila Luzon, Raja, Raven, Shannel, Alexis Mateo, Mariah, Chad Michaels, Willam, Morgan McMichaels, Pandora Boxx, Delta Work, and Sharon Needles.[22]

Other performancesEdit

In January 2014, Royale released her debut single "Weight", which was endorsed by Logo TV.[23] A remix EP was released in March that year.[24]

In September 2014, Royale introduced and then performed with Jennifer Hudson at the CBS Fashion Rocks charity fundraiser event. Hudson stated that working with Royale "Gave me life."[25][26]

Royale works at the Palace Bar in South Beach, Florida. Of working there, Royale stated, "I love this place NOT because I work there, but because it is the Ultimate Experience.. It’s outside right on the Beach. Beautiful People, Great Food/Drinks and the Drag Shows are amazing!"[27][28]

In 2016, Royale appeared alongside Peaches Christ and RuPaul's Drag Race alum Willam in Mister Act, an off-Broadway gender-flipped parody of the film Sister Act.[29]

In March 2016, Royale released her EP, Here's to Life: Latrice Royale Live in the Studio, produced by Electropoint.[30] In 2018 and 2019, Royale took Here's to Life on tour and performed her Shirley Horn-inspired act in cities across Canada and the United States.[31]

In December 2018, Royale competed in the Drag Race television special RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular.[32]

RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars season 4Edit

In November 2018, Royale was announced as a cast member for All Stars 4, joining fellow All Stars season 1 cast member Manila Luzon for their second All Stars competition; the pair are the first Drag Race alumni to compete on two All Stars seasons. They are also the second and third contestants to compete on three separate seasons of the show (excluding specials) following Shangela Laquifa Wadley. Royale was originally eliminated fourth, sent home by Monique Heart, but was brought back into the competition during the LalapaRuza episode.[33] After her elimination she won episode seven and eliminated Valentina from the competition. In the subsequent episode, she was saved from elimination by Naomi Smalls. Royale was eliminated again in episode nine by Trinity The Tuck, ultimately placing fifth overall.[34]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2001, Wilcots was arrested in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on felony charges for carrying marijuana and Klonopin without a prescription. In 2006, he missed a mandatory probation meeting, violating the terms of his probation, and was sentenced to eighteen months in prison. After the passage of 2018 Florida Amendment 4, Wilcots regained his right to vote.[35]

Wilcots proposed to Christopher Hamblin in June 2016.[36] The couple were married in Atlanta, Georgia on September 29, 2018. Attendees included Drag Race alumni and other drag performers.[37]

Wilcots is a Christian.[38]



Title Details
The Chop Remixes
  • Released: December 26, 2012
  • Label: N/A
  • Formats: Digital download
Weight Remixes
  • Released: March 20, 2014
  • Label: LOMLPLEX
  • Formats: Digital download
Here's to Life: Latrice Royale Live in the Studio
  • Released: March 10, 2016
  • Label: LRI Talent & Management
  • Formats: Digital download


Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"The Chop"
(with Manila Luzon)[40]
2012 Non-album single
(featuring Epiphany Mattel)"
2014 13
"Excuse the Beauty"
(featuring Epiphany Mattel)[41]

Other AppearancesEdit

Title Year Other Artist(s) Album
"Thick Thighs" 2015 Willam Belli Shartistry in Motion
"Oral" 2018 Willam Belli Now That's What I Call Drag Music, Vol. 1
"Don't Funk It Up" RuPaul, Gia Gunn, Manila Luzon, Valentina, Trinity The Tuck Non-album Single
"Robbed" 2019 Manila Luzon Rules!



Year Title Role Notes References
2012–2016 RuPaul's Drag Race Herself (Contestant) Season 4: 4th Place; Guest Appearances in Seasons 5-8 [13]
2012 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Herself Season 4
2012 RuPaul's Drag U Herself (Professor) 3 episodes [17]
2012, 2018–2019 RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Herself (Contestant) Season 1: 7/8th Place; Season 4: 5th Place [19]
2014 Fashion Rocks Herself Television concert special [25][26]
2018 RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular Herself (Contestant) Holiday Special [32]
2020 AJ and the Queen Fabergé Legs Guest appearance; also creative consultant [42]
2020 Celebrity Family Feud Herself Guest contestant [43]

Music VideosEdit

Year Title Artist Ref.
2012 "Responsitrannity" RuPaul [44]
2020 "Always" Waze & Odyssey [45]


Year Title Role Notes
2014 South Beach on Heels Herself Documentary
2015 TupiniQueens Herself Documentary about Drag scene in Brazil
2015 Gays in Prison Herself (Host) Documentary
2017 Cherry Pop[46] Terry
2018 A Queen for the People Herself Documentary about Bob the Drag Queen
2019 Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts[47] Herself Documentary about Trixie Mattel


Year Title Role Theatre Ref(s)
2020 Death Drop Summer Raines Garrick Theatre [48]


Year Title Role Notes Ref
2009 My Baby's Daddies Shay Online short, Makeup effects artist
2013 Ring My Bell Herself Guest, Episode: "Latrice Royale" [49]
2015, 2018 Hey Qween! Herself Guest (2 episodes: "Latrice Royale" "DragCon L.A. 2018", )
2015 Raja Drawja Herself Guest [50]
2016 Transformations Herself (Episode: Latrice Royale)
2018 Drag Tots Lady Liber-T (voice) 8 episodes [51]
2018 Pardon My French Food Herself Recurring [52]
2019 Werq The World Herself Featured Queen [53]
2021 The Pit Stop Herself Guest, Episode: "Trixie Mattel & Latrice Royale Kiki" [54]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Giving Body Category Work Results Ref.
2020 The Queerties Drag Royalty Herself Nominated [55]


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