Queen, 95, ‘politely’ declines Oldie of the Year award
Queen Elizabeth II, who turns 95 years old this year, has politely declined the award of Oldie of the Year.
The platinum jubilee medal is a medal that was given to Queen Elizabeth II in 2012. It is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a British citizen.
The Queen has rejected the Oldie of the Year award ‘politely but firmly’ (Picture: AP)
The Queen has declined an annual award honoring the Oldie of the Year, claiming that “you are just as old as you feel.”
The 95-year-old queen ‘politely but firmly’ rejected the honor, which recognizes noteworthy ‘old’ people’s lifetime accomplishments, with her ‘warmest best wishes.’
The awards’ chairman, author and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, wrote to the Queen’s private secretary, Sir Edward Young, asking whether she would receive the major Oldie of the Year award.
Her assistant private secretary, Tom Laing-Baker, wrote in a letter published in the November issue of The Oldie: ‘Her Majesty believes you are as old as you feel, as such The Queen does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept, and hopes you will find a more worthy recipient.’
The Queen is the country’s longest-reigning monarch, and her Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – will be celebrated next year.
However, she remains extremely active, riding her horses and keeping a busy diary of activities and audiences.
The Queen still loves riding her horses and maintains a busy diary (photo: Getty Images). )
She held video talks with the Japanese ambassador, Hajime Hayashi, and the EU envoy, Joao de Almeida, on Tuesday alone.
Then, to commemorate the Global Investment Summit, Harry held a banquet at Windsor Castle for international business and investment executives.
She used a walking stick for the first time at a big public event last week, when she attended a ceremony commemorating the Royal British Legion’s centennial.
Brandreth stated that one of the award’s judges, actress Dame Maureen Lipman, had suggested that the magazine honor the Queen in appreciation of her leadership throughout the epidemic and ahead of the Jubilee.
‘Perhaps in the future we will sound out Her Majesty once again,’ he wrote in response to the letter he got from Balmoral Castle.
The Queen reportedly used a walking stick for the first time at a big public engagement last week (Picture: PA)
To commemorate his 90th birthday, The Duke of Edinburgh, who died in April, won the Oldie of the Year award in 2011.
‘There is nothing like it for morale to be reminded that the years are passing — ever more rapidly – and that parts are starting to fall off the old frame,’ he joked in a letter of gratitude.
‘However, it’s good to be remembered.’
The Queen’s daughter-in-law, The Duchess of Cornwall, was in attendance at this year’s Oldie Awards, which were hosted at The Savoy Hotel in London.
Finally, the major Oldie of the Year award went to Leslie Caron, a French-American actress and dancer who is five years younger than the Queen at 90.
Former England footballer Sir Geoff Hurst, 79, received the Oldie Golden Boot of the Year award, while chef Delia Smith, 80, received the Truly Scrumptious Oldie honor.
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