The New Yorkers give their all for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at Tea & Sympathy

Rows of miniature Union Jacks flapped in the breeze outside Tea & Sympathy, the West Village’s very own British teahouse, as Americans and expats gathered on Saturday to cheer Queen Elizabeth II and the record-breaking 70th anniversary of her reign.

“Where else would a Brit be in New York?” asked London-born Amanda Rodrigues while waiting for celebratory tea. “No other monarch in history served 70 years. There is no one like her.”

Partygoers nibbled on sandwiches and fish and chips while a jazz band played in front of the tea shop on Greenwich Ave. played.

The Queen herself even made an appearance – in the form of a life-size cut-out, with guests posing for selfies next to it.

Essex native Sophie Hays, 34, a photo retoucher from Brooklyn, wore a lavender fascinator, a ruffled and festive headdress often seen atop the heads of female guests at royal weddings.

“Platinum is a pretty big deal,” she said while lingering over high tea with fiancé Chris Hart, 37, and Australian friend Michael Haydon, 34. The three shared a pot of English breakfast tea and champagne while plucking miniature cakes and scones with clotted cream from a three-tiered tray.

Amanda Rodrigues from London and Tea & Symphony Restaurant Owner Nicky Perry 61 from London celebrate Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee at the Tea & Symphony Restaurant.
Amanda Rodrigues and Tea & Symphony owner Nicky Perry celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s platinum anniversary.
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England's Tristan Layton 53 and England's Millie Gibbons 22 celebrate the big weekend.
Tristan Layton and Millie Gibbons, both from England, celebrate the big weekend.
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“When we decided to do that, I said I have to wear the hat,” Hays added. “It’s an English tradition.”

Jess Lucas, 25, from North Wales, took the morning off from her au pair job in Westchester to celebrate the Queen’s big day.

“She’s such an icon, isn’t she? She always looks good,” Lucas said. “Seventy years of reign is a long time. She has ruled for so long and brings so much tourism to the country.”

Lucas, whose brother is a Welsh warden at Buckingham Palace, was keenly aware of the merry goings-on across the pond.

“Everyone at home is having street parties,” she said. “It’s nice to see all the decorations… nice to see everyone participating. I hear British accents everywhere.”

Musicians and partying people
Party-goers enjoyed the afternoon at Tea & Sympathy.
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Jess Lucas celebrated the anniversary by taking the morning off from her au pair job in Westchester to celebrate the Queen's big day.
Jess Lucas celebrated the anniversary by taking the morning off from her au pair job in Westchester to celebrate the Queen’s big day.
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People liked to eat sandwiches and fish and chips.
People liked to eat sandwiches and fish and chips.
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The restaurant enhanced the celebrations with special Union Jack dresses for female employees and a performance by Flotilla, a well-known drag queen in a long psychedelic dress who served as a judge for a “Queen for a Day” contest.

Hays and her purple cap won the title, claiming a sash and sequined flag.

“It’s an honor,” she grinned. “It felt great.”

“Today is another example of our city’s multiculturalism,” said State Senator Brad Hoylman (D-Manhattan), who stopped by for a glass of champagne and a Cornish chicken sandwich.

“It’s always nice to have a little piece of Britain on Greenwich Avenue.”

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