Museum to host high tea

Heritage weekend in Ponoka will involve a high tea to honor Queen Elizabeth II.

Caitlin McLaren

Heritage weekend in Ponoka will involve a high tea to honor Queen Elizabeth II.

Fort Ostell Museum is hosting high tea on Aug. 4.

“We always do a tea honoring a group of immigrants to our area,” said manager Sandy Allsopp. Although the museum has honoured the British before, the museum wanted to take this opportunity to honour the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Allsopp encourages visitors to dress up in their high tea finest, or at least hats. And for those without, there’s always the hats at the museum.

“When we do high tea typically the ladies all dress up,” Allsopp said.

A tour of the museum is included and artifacts of the jubilee will be displayed.

“It’s a really, really good deal for $5,” said Allsopp. High tea in cities such as Victoria or Banff cost around $50.

“It’s the annual celebration for Heritage Weekend. We have it advertised and people just show up.”

It is a rare feat the Queen is celebrating a Diamond Jubilee. When she was born, Elizabeth was third in line for the crown and was never expected to become queen.

Only three other monarchs have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee during the Queen’s reign. They are: the former Sultan of Johor, who celebrated his in 1955, the late Emperor Hirohito of Japan celebrated his in 1986, and King Bhumibol Adulyadej of Thailand celebrated his Diamond Jubilee in 2006.

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