|Residence St Johns Wood, London|
Name Freda Ward
Title Marquesa de Casa Maury
|Other names Freda Birkin|
|Full Name Winifred May Birkin|
Born 28 July 1894 (age 88) (1894-07-28)
Known for mistress of the Prince of Wales (1918–23)
Spouse Pedro Jose Isidro Manuel Ricardo Mones (m. 1937–1954), William Dudley Ward (m. 1913–1931)
Children Penelope Dudley-Ward, Claire Angela Louise Dudley Ward
Parents Charles Wilfred Birkin, Claire Lloyd Howe
Grandchildren Tracy Reed, Max Reed, Joe Laycock
Died 16 March 1983 (aged 88)
Similar William Dudley Ward, Tracy Reed (English actress), Robert Laycock
Winifred May, Marquesa de Casa Maury (née Birkin; 28 July 1894 – 16 March 1983), universally known by her first married name as Freda Dudley Ward, was an English socialite best known for being a mistress of the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII.
Born Winifred 'Freda' May Birkin, she was the second child and eldest of three daughters of British Colonel Charles Wilfred Birkin (fourth son of a lace embroidery and tableware magnate of Nottingham, Sir Thomas Isaac Birkin) and his American wife, Claire Lloyd Birkin (née Howe).
Freda was the mistress of the Prince of Wales from 1918 to 1934, when he fell in love with Wallis Simpson. The relationship between the Prince of Wales and the married Ward was common knowledge in aristocratic circles. Winston Churchill observed in 1927, after travelling with them on a train, "It is quite pathetic to see the Prince and Freda. His love is so obvious and undisguisable."