95 year-old Queen Elizabeth rejects oldie of the year award
The queen of England, Queen Elizabeth, has rejected “Oldie of the Year” award, stating that she is not she did not meet the criteria to accept the award.
According to her side, she believes “you are as old as you feel” and thinks she does not meet the “relevant criteria” for the trophy so has declined it.
Glyes Brandreth, the awards chairman had written to her private secretary Sir Edward Young to ask if she would accept the accolade.
But in a letter published in the November issue of the Oldie magazine, her assistant private secretary Tom Laing-Baker wrote: “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.”
A decade ago, her late husband Prince Philip, who died in April aged 99, was named “Oldie of the Year” but he turned down the opportunity to pick up the prize, saying: “I regret not being able to receive the award in person, but I will not be conveniently in reach of London at the time.”
Previous award recipients have included a range of people from Oscar winners to Nobel laureates, from community care nurses to veteran athletes, from Sir John Major to Dame Olivia de Havilland and David Hockney.
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