Queen turns down Oldie of the Year award as ‘you’re only as old as you feel’

The Queen has graciously turned down the award for the Oldie of the Year.

The 95 year old monarch declined the honour as she admitted “you’re only as old as you feel” and for that reason she “didn’t believe she met the relevant criteria” in order to accept the award.

The chairman of the awards, Gyles Brandreth, wrote to Her Majesty’s private secretary, Sir Edward Young, to ask if the Queen would like to accept the award.

Tom Laing-Baker, Her Majesty’s assistant private secretary, responded in a letter that was later published in the November issue of the Oldie magazine.

He penned: "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 2021 Oldie awards were held at the Savoy Hotel in London on Tuesday and the Duchess of Cornwall attended the event.

Camilla wore a stylish navy dress with a contrast white collar and cuffs with black tights and pearl drop earrings.

The royal opted for minimal make up and her statement coiffed hairstyle.

The Oldie magazine has held their annual awards for almost thirty years to celebrate the achievements of an individuals who have made a standout contribution to society.

Previous winners of the Oldie of the Year award include Nobel laureates, veteran athletes, nurses and actors including Sir John Major to Dame Olivia de Havilland and David Hockney.

Last year's award went to Downtown singer Petula Clark, who has dedicated eight decades of her life to show business including during the Blitz.

The winners of the Oldie Awards 2021 included Delia Smith, Bob Harris, Barry Humphries, Margaret Seaman, Roger McGough, Dr Saroj Datta, Dr Mridul Kumar Datta and Sir Geoff Hurst.

The Queen has carried out several significant virtual and in person engagements in the past few weeks.

On Monday, the monarch held a call with the new Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Cindy Kiro.

Before, the Queen headed to Ascot racecourse on Saturday to witness the QIPCO British Champions Day. For the occasion she wore a traditional royal blue ensemble, a pearl necklace and matching earrings and appeared in great spirits as met people at the races.

In a rare comment about public life, the Queen has also spoken out about the climate change crisis. The longest reigning monarch admitted she is “irritated” by people who “talk but don’t do” when it comes to environmental issues.

The Queen shared her thoughts in a conversation with Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones, the parliament's presiding officer at the opening of the Welsh parliament in Cardiff, and her remarks were recorded on the event’s live.

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