Oct 19, 2021
By Christine Ross
Don’t call her an ‘oldie.’
She may be Britain’s longest-lived and longest-reigning monarch, but Queen Elizabeth has politely declined the honor of being named “Oldie of the Year” by a British magazine.
The Oldie magazine has published the Queen’s response to its suggestion that she follow in the footsteps of former recipients, including former Prime Minister John Major, actor Olivia de Havilland and more.
An aide wrote that “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 accolade went instead to 90-year-old actress and dancer Leslie Caron.