HATS OFF TO THE QUEEN: St. Louis Britophiles are planning their own celebration to mark Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee -- 60 years on the throne.

The group is organizing a Jubilee Lunch at the London Tea Room on June 5, when St. Louisans will join with Royals watchers from around the world to "celebrate The Queen, and her long and esteemed service to the world," Mark Sutherland, topper of Dunrobin Publishing, said in an email today.

“Her Majesty is highly respected worldwide, and has always loved and appreciated America and the American people,” Sutherland added.

The St. Louis celebration will kick off at 11a.m., and will include food, music, proclamations, giveaways, demonstration sword fighting and coverage of HM The Queen's processional from London.

While it's expected to be fun, the gathering also has a serious cause. It is a fundraiser for research related to Mucolipidosis III, a Lysosomal storage disease. The London Tea Room is at 1520 Washington Avenue in downtown St. Louis.

Admission is free and food -- including "good British food" (isn't that an oxymoron?) -- will be available for purchase.

Jackie James, owner of the Tea Room, is promising a properly Brit experience for all. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Lunch is supported by the efforts of the UK in St. Louis, the London Tea Room, Sutherland, the Black Knights Fight Group, Queen’s Cuisine and bagpiper Lauree Palmer.

For interviews or more information contact Sutherland at mark@dunrobin.us or 314-913-0674; or James at info@thelondontearoom.com or 314-241-6556.

Deborah Peterson is an editorial writer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.