Celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in Melbourne

Vicki and her husband Mike will be hosting a party on Saturday with their three children and about 15 friends – “mainly Pommies” – at their home in Point Cook, west Melbourne, to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable 70th anniversary on the throne to celebrate.

Vicki Little and husband Mike are all set to throw an anniversary party at their Point Cook home.

Vicki Little and husband Mike are all set to throw an anniversary party at their Point Cook home.Credit:Joe Armao

Vicki will dress up as 90s British pop superstar Ginger Spice, while Mike will dress as a character from the British gangster TV series Peaky Blinders. Their kids won’t dress up – they’re “Aussie as far as they’re concerned”.

The family plays music from British bands such as Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Madness.

Vicki, a former Londoner who moved to Australia in 2003, has decorated their home with red, white and blue bunting and crepe paper. They serve Victoria sponge, cupcakes and scotch eggs – and of course beer and tea.

She wants to celebrate the “important milestone” because “I don’t think we will see another platinum anniversary”.

“Because we’re so far from England, it’s time to get together. It’s a good thing to celebrate,” she said.

Among the anniversary-related events elsewhere in Melbourne, there will be a Sunday service at 10am at St John’s Anglican Church in Toorak, where representatives of loyal Commonwealth communities will pray to Her Majesty and sing God Save the Queen.

At Christ Church in South Yarra, the Melbourne Grammar School church choir and trumpeters will play music from Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953 at 3pm on Sundays.

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On Saturday, from 11am, the British-born owners of Kings Creek Vineyard in Balnarring, on the Mornington Peninsula, will host a cellar door party, offering a sizzling sausage, scones and drinks. About 50 British expats are expected, mostly residents of the peninsula.

A federal government website lists Platinum Jubilee events in Australia, including more than 80 buildings and monuments that will be lit up in royal purple after sunset this weekend.

Buildings in Melbourne that are lit up on Sunday evenings include Flinders Street Station, the Bolte Bridge and the MCG.

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