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Queen Elizabeth Turns Down ‘Oldie of the Year’ Award

Queen Elizabeth II talks to guests at an evening reception for members of the Diplomatic Corps at Buckingham Palace on December 11, 2019 in London, England
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Queen Elizabeth II is making the case for the old adage that age is just a number. The monarch, 95, declined an “Oldie of the Year” from The Oldie magazine, and gave a response that many can’t help but smile at.

“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 find a more worthy recipient,” Tom Laing-Baker, the Queen’s assistant private secretary, wrote to the magazine in a letter.

Her response seems pretty fitting, given that the magazine prides itself on being “ageless and timeless”  and “crammed with rejuvenating wit, intelligence and delight,” according to its website.

Every year, the UK-based magazine bestows an Oldie of the Year award in a ceremony. And although it might not seem like it’s something the royal family would approve of, they’ve been linked to the awards for several years. Yesterday, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, presented awards during the Oldie of the Year ceremony.

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The duchess isn’t the only royal to have a soft spot for the Oldies — Prince Phillip, the queen’s late husband, was named Consort of the Year at the awards back in 2012. At the time, he wrote: “There is nothing like it for morale to be reminded that the years are passing — ever more quickly,” adding, “but it is nice to be remembered at all.”

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