Commonwealth expats prepare for Queen Elizabeth’s 60th anniversary on the throne

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As the United Kingdom revels in a four-day observance of its Queen’s diamond jubilee, her subjects who live in the Southland may be tempted to feel left out. But there are plenty of ways British expats can celebrate on this side of the pond.

To compensate for the eight-hour time difference between Southern California and the 1,000-boat flotilla launch on the Thames River, local British specialty shops and pubs are hosting patriotic events to mark Queen Elizabeth’s 60th year on the throne.

"Here in the gift shop we’re going to be having some cake and a little bubbly," says Nicki Warren, manager of the King's Head Gift Shop in Santa Monica. "We’re going to be celebrating by handing that out to people."

Warren says the celebration will go on through Sunday.

Next door at Ye Olde King’s Head Pub, a Beatles cover band is on tap to launch the weekend’s festivities, says Debbie Simoes. She adds that royal teas will follow.

"No, it’s not a strip tease," Simoes made sure to clarify. "It’s a traditional English Tea with all the little sandwiches and crumpets and cakes and pies and it’s served with tea."

"Very proper," she added."Very nice."

Far from the maddening crowd, Linda Roberts plans to watch the pageantry at home with a large Pimm’s cup – a right proper cocktail.

"The chances of celebrating the Queen’s 60 years on the throne, for myself, I probably won’t ever see it again," said Roberts.

Queen Elizabeth II is only the second British monarch to reach this milestone. Her great-great grandmother, Queen Victoria, marked her diamond jubilee in 1897.

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