Queen Elizabeth II turned down a prize celebrating the aged, assessing that at 95 she didn’t meet the standards, The Oldie journal stated on Tuesday.
The publication wrote to palace officers in July to ask if she would settle for its Oldie of the Year award, which was beforehand given to her late husband and her personal mom.
But in a reply dated August 21 from her Balmoral property in northeast Scotland, the monarch’s assistant personal secretary, Tom Laing-Baker, made his boss’ apologies.
“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,” he added.
The tongue-in-cheek award, which celebrates the achievements of older individuals, went to the French-American actress and dancer Leslie Caron — who’s 90.
The Queen succeeded her father king George VI in 1952 and subsequent yr celebrates her Platinum Jubilee to mark 70 years on the throne however she has performed down her longevity.
When she turned Britain’s longest-reigning monarch in September 2015, she handled the day like another, opening a brand new railway within the Scottish border area with England.
“Inevitably, a long life can pass many milestones; my own is no exception,” she stated on the time.
Despite her husband Prince Philip’s loss of life in April aged 99, and her superior age, the Queen has not retired from public life, and maintains an everyday diary of audiences and appearances.
Last week she was seen for the primary time in public utilizing a strolling stick.
But on Tuesday, she held two audiences through videolink with the Japanese and EU ambassador, and was scheduled to host a reception for worldwide enterprise and funding leaders.
The author and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, who was a good friend of the Prince, wrote in The Oldie that he was delighted to obtain the award in 2011.
“There is nothing like it for morale to be reminded that the years are passing — ever more quickly — and that bits are beginning to drop off the ancient frame,” he replied.
“But it is nice to be remembered at all.”