Queen Elizabeth declined the Oldie of the Year award from a British monthly magazine, saying “you are as old as you feel.”
“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,” Tom Laing-Baker, the Queen’s assistant private secretary wrote in a letter published in The Oldie’s November issue.
The letter further said that the Queen “hopes you will find a more worthy recipient” and sends the “warmest best wishes.”
Gyles Brandreth, the chairman of the awards, called the letter “the most polite non-acceptance in history.”
“Perhaps in the future, we will sound out Her Majesty once more,” Brandreth said.
Instead, the award went to French-American film star, dancer, and writer Leslie Caron aged 90 at ceremony in Savoy and given by Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
The Oldie of the Year Awards annually celebrate the achievements of the older generation who have made special contribution to public life, with previous winners include Nobel laureates and veteran athletes.
Queen Elizabeth, 95, is the United Kingdom’s longest-reigning monarch, and she is due to mark her Platinum Jubilee next year after ruling as Queen for 70 years.
The Queen’s late husband Prince Philip received the award in 2011.
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