Adventurers to celebrate Queen’s Jubilee atop Arctic peak
Group will stage traditional English tea at summit of Mount Barbeau on Ellesmere Island
A group of adventurers is going to extreme heights and great lengths to plan an Arctic tea party.
They plan to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which marks the 60 years since she ascended to the throne.
An eight-person team from Canada and the United Kingdom will attempt to summit Mount Barbeau on Ellesmere Island in the High Arctic. The top has only been reached eight times.
They’ve packed special party supplies along with their gear, food and warm clothes.
"It's going to be a traditional English tea party. We're having tea, eating cakes, we've even brought scones along and we're going to have a toast to the Queen as well," said participant Oli Milroy.
Milroy and his team members arrived at the Iqaluit International Airport Monday and immediately flew further North.
They hope to reach the summit of Mount Barbeau on June 3, and enjoy the most remote tea party in the British Commonwealth.
"We've got a nice cake stand as well to try and make it as homely as possible in the best sense we can," said David Buckley, who is also on the adventure.
They will also send a loyal greeting to the Queen via satellite and she has promised to reply.
"It's just an honour and a real privilege to be involved with the Queen and the fact we're allowed to send her a loyal greeting is absolutely astonishing," said Milroy.
Students in Canada and the United Kingdom will follow the adventure online.