Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II “politely but firmly” refused to accept the Senior of the Year Award because she believes she does not meet the criteria, reported British media. The monarch, who turned 95 in April, “believes we are as old as we feel,” her secretary said.
Gyles Brandreth, chairman of the Oldie of the Year award committee, wrote a letter this summer to Queen Elizabeth II’s private secretary, Edward Young, asking if the monarch would accept the award. “Her Majesty believes we are as old as we feel, and the Queen does not feel that she is eligible for the award, and she hopes you will find a more worthy recipient,” wrote Young in response. His letter was published in the latest issue of The Oldie Magazine, which has been awarding the award for almost 30 years.
Elizabeth II refused to accept the award
This year’s awards, which were presented on Tuesday afternoon at the Savoy Hotel in London, were awarded to TV host Delia Smith, music presenter Bob Harris, Barry Humphries, Margaret Seaman, who made models of royal palaces out of wool, poet and playwright Roger McGough, doctors Saroj Datta and Mridul Kumar Datta and former footballer Geoff Hurst.
Elizabeth II’s daughter-in-law, Duchess Camilla, attended the award ceremony. The monarch herself on Tuesday evening had a planned reception for the participants of the global investment forum in London.
Elizabeth II is the longest-serving head of state in the world, as well as the longest-reigning British monarch in history. Next year, she will celebrate the 70th anniversary of her rule.
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