Her Majesty (in the form of English-born actress Christine Pilgrim) invites all to a garden party in honour of her 60 years on the throne. The hats and gloves affair happens at the Mackie Lake House Saturday.

Her Majesty (in the form of English-born actress Christine Pilgrim) invites all to a garden party in honour of her 60 years on the throne. The hats and gloves affair happens at the Mackie Lake House Saturday.

All hail the Queen at jubilee tea party

Mackie Lake House Foundation hosts tea in celebration of HRM Queen Elizabeth II's 60 years on the throne.

Locals can snap on their favourite fascinator, slip on the white gloves, and pull out the dress they’ve been saving for the Royal Ascot to sip tea with the Queen in honour of her 60th Royal Jubilee.

(And if you’re a boy, a bowler or top hat should do.)

On Saturday, The Mackie Lake House Foundation is hosting the tea on the lawn of  its beautiful, provincially recognized heritage home on the shore of Kalamalka Lake.

Even her Royal Majesty will be making an appearance  in the form of local actress  Christine Pilgrim, who will mingle with the guests as they enjoy an English-style tea.

“It’s to be a family affair –  with games for the children as well,”  said Her Majesty.

In addition, a number of artisans will be selling their wares. They include Sheepish Grin Knit Company, Coldstream Creek Design, Purple Orchid Designs, Otter Lake Soapworks, Studio 410, mmmallows, Voiladesignx2  and others.

Musicians performing will include bagpiper Tom Skinner, violinists Amy and Hana Friedman, and local acoustic-rock band New Clear Sound.

Entrance to the grounds, which open at 1 p.m., is free.

Afternoon tea, with sittings at  2 p.m. or 3:30 p.m., is  $20 per ticket, while high tea (featuring a wider selection of foods) will be served at 5 p.m. Tickets are $40 each.

Reservations are required for the teas. E-mail mackiehouse@shaw.ca or call 250-545-1019.