Isabel II rejects the “Old Woman of the Year” award because she does not feel old

At 95, Queen Elizabeth II has “politely but firmly” refused to be honored with the “Oldie of the year” award because she does not feel old.

“You are only as old as you feel,” declared the British sovereign.

Her private secretary, Tom Laing-Baker, communicated by letter to the magazine that presents the award, “The Oldie”, that the monarch “does not believe that it meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept it.”

Elizabeth II “hopes that they will find a more suitable recipient,” adds the letter, which has been revealed by the publication.

Her response contrasts with that given by her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, when he humorously accepted the award in 2011 at the age of 90.

“Nothing better for morale than to be remembered as the years go by -every time faster-. (…) In any case, it is pleasant that they remember you,” said the duke on that occasion, who died last April to 99 years.

Elizabeth II, born on April 21, 1926, is the longest-lived sovereign in British history and will celebrate her Platinum Jubilee next year, with which she will celebrate 70 years on the throne.

Despite her advanced age, the head of state continues to fulfill her official commitments on a daily basis. This Tuesday he held two hearings by videoconference from his residence in Windsor Castle, with the Japanese ambassador to the United Kingdom, Hajime Hayashi, and with the European Union (EU), Joao Vale de Almeida.

Later, she will host a reception for business leaders who have attended the Global Investment Summit in London.

The “Old Woman of the Year” award has been presented for 29 years to elderly people who have made remarkable contributions to society.

Previous winners include former British Conservative Prime Minister John Major, English artist David Hockney and British-American actress Olivia de Havilland.

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