The Queen has turned down the opportunity to win the award as United Kingdoms ‘Oldie of the Year’ award.
The monarch ‘politely but firmly turned down the title because she ‘does not believe she meets relevant criteria’.
The Queens was given the award from the author and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, who is the chairman of the award. She believed the Queen more than qualified for the title and wrote to the Queen to see if she would accept the award.
However, the Queen wrote back and said that you are “as old as you feel” as therefore the Queen does not believe she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept. she said she hope the committee would find you will find a more worthy recipient.
An award was given to the French-American actor and dancer Leslie Caron, who at 90 is five years younger than the Queen. The former England footballer Sir Geoff Hurst, 79, won the Oldie Golden Boot of the Year, while the cook and TV presenter Delia Smith, 80, was honoured with the Truly Scrumptious Oldie award.
Interestingly, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall was invited to the awards ceremony and gave out the awards.
Previous winners since the inception of the awards 29 years ago have included Nobel laureates, community care nurses and veteran athletes, as well as Sir John Major, Dame Olivia de Havilland and David Hockney.