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Queen, 95, turns down honour from The Oldie of the Year Awards

The Duchess of Cornwall arrived at the Oldie Awards in London on Tuesday afternoon – shortly after it was revealed her mother-in-law the Queen graciously turned down an honour because she ‘didn’t believe she met the relevant criteria’ to accept. 

Camilla, 74, put on a stylish display in a navy dress with white collar and cuff detail, which she paired with black tights and pumps.

The royal presented the awards to this year’s winners who included Delia Smith, Bob Harris, Barry Humphries, Margaret Seaman, Roger McGough, Dr Saroj Datta, Dr Mridul Kumar Datta and Sir Geoff Hurst.

However, one name wasn’t on the list and that was Her Majesty, 95, who had previously declined the award, saying that ‘you are only as old as you feel.’ 

The Queen, 95,  has graciously turned down an honour from The Oldie of the Year Awards because she ‘didn’t believe she met the relevant criteria’ to accept. Pictured, attending QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on October 16, 2021 

In a letter published in the magazine’s November issue, her assistant private secretary Tom Laing-Baker penned: ‘Her Majesty believes you are as old as you feel’ (pictured)

The Duchess of Cornwall (centre) with winners of the Oldie Awards 2021 (left to right) Delia Smith, 'Whispering' Bob Harris, Barry Humphries, Margaret Seaman, Roger McGough, Dr Saroj Datta, Dr Mridul Kumar Datta and Sir Geoff Hurst at the Savoy Hotel, London

The Duchess of Cornwall (centre) with winners of the Oldie Awards 2021 (left to right) Delia Smith, ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris, Barry Humphries, Margaret Seaman, Roger McGough, Dr Saroj Datta, Dr Mridul Kumar Datta and Sir Geoff Hurst at the Savoy Hotel, London

Gyles Brandreth, who is chairman of the awards, penned a letter to the monarch’s private secretary Sir Edward Young to ask if she would be willing to accept the Oldie of the Year award.

However, in a letter published in the magazine’s November issue, her assistant private secretary Tom Laing-Baker penned: ‘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.’

For almost thirty years now, The Oldie Magazine has held The Oldie of the Year Awards ceremony to celebrate the achievement of those who have made a special contribution to public life. 

Previous winners have included everyone from Oscar winners to Nobel laureates, from community care nurses to veteran athletes, from Sir John Major to Dame Olivia de Havilland and David Hockney. 

Duchess of Cornwall attends the Oldie Of The Year Awards 2021 at The Savoy Hotel on October 19, 2021 in London. Pictured, with Gyles Brandreth

Duchess of Cornwall attends the Oldie Of The Year Awards 2021 at The Savoy Hotel on October 19, 2021 in London. Pictured, with Gyles Brandreth

Camilla looked in high spirits as she spoke with Barry Humphries, Margaret Seaman and Roger McGough (pictured)

Camilla looked in high spirits as she spoke with Barry Humphries, Margaret Seaman and Roger McGough (pictured)

Duchess of Cornwall looked in high spirits at The Oldie of the Year Awards

Camilla completed her look with a dainty silver necklace

The Duchess of Cornwall (pictured, left and right) looked in high spirits as she attended The Oldie of the Year Awards

For almost thirty years now, The Oldie Magazine has held The Oldie of the Year Awards ceremony to celebrate the achievement of those who have made a special contribution to public life. Pictured, Camilla giving a speech

For almost thirty years now, The Oldie Magazine has held The Oldie of the Year Awards ceremony to celebrate the achievement of those who have made a special contribution to public life. Pictured, Camilla giving a speech

The royal, who kept her makeup natural, was seen sporting her usual coiffed hairstyle - and completed her outfit with dangling pearl earrings

The royal, who kept her makeup natural, was seen sporting her usual coiffed hairstyle – and completed her outfit with dangling pearl earrings

The Duchess of Cornwall speaks with Barry Humphries (left) and A. N. Wilson at today's celebratory event

The Duchess of Cornwall speaks with Barry Humphries (left) and A. N. Wilson at today’s celebratory event

Last year’s award went to Downtown singer Petula Clark, who has had a successful eight-decade career in showbusiness during the Blitz.

This year’s winners of the Oldie Awards 2021 include Delia Smith, Bob Harris, Barry Humphries, Margaret Seaman, Roger McGough, Dr Saroj Datta, Dr Mridul Kumar Datta and Sir Geoff Hurst.

It comes after a busy few weeks for the Queen – the nation’s longest reigning monarch – who held a video call with the new Governor-General of New Zealand, Dame Cindy Kiro, on Monday. 

On Saturday, the Queen looked in great spirits in a traditional blue ensemble as she arrived at Ascot racecourse to enjoy the QIPCO British Champions Day. 

Margaret Seaman, Roger McGough, Dr Saroj Datta, Dr Mridul Kumar Datta and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the Oldie Of The Year Awards 2021

Margaret Seaman, Roger McGough, Dr Saroj Datta, Dr Mridul Kumar Datta and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall at the Oldie Of The Year Awards 2021

Camilla was seen beaming from ear-to-ear

The royal put her glasses on before reading a speech

Camilla was seen beaming from ear-to-ear during the ceremony (left), before popping her glasses on to read a speech (right)

The royal put her best foot forward in a navy dress with black piping as she arrived at the award's ceremony on Tuesday afternoon

The royal put her best foot forward in a navy dress with black piping as she arrived at the award’s ceremony on Tuesday afternoon

Camilla (left) and Dame Delia Smith (right) smile as broadcaster Gyles Brandreth makes a speech at the Oldie Of The Year Awards 2021

Camilla (left) and Dame Delia Smith (right) smile as broadcaster Gyles Brandreth makes a speech at the Oldie Of The Year Awards 2021

Nicky Haslam and the Duchess of Cornwall during the Oldie Of The Year Awards 2021 at The Savoy Hotel (pictured)

Nicky Haslam and the Duchess of Cornwall during the Oldie Of The Year Awards 2021 at The Savoy Hotel (pictured)

Bill Roach, best known for playing Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, was seen speaking with Camilla (pictured)

Bill Roach, best known for playing Ken Barlow in Coronation Street, was seen speaking with Camilla (pictured)

Her Majesty’s outing came after she made a rare public intervention on the climate change crisis on Thursday, saying she is ‘irritated’ by people who ‘talk but don’t do’.

She made the pointed comment when attending the opening of the Welsh parliament in Cardiff, and was speaking with the Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones, the parliament’s presiding officer, when her remarks were picked up on the event’s live stream.

At recent engagements, the Queen has used a walking stick, but over the weekend she left it with an aide who was walking closely behind her. 

The royal could be seen awarding Sir Geoff Hurst with the Oldie Golden Boot of the Year at the award's ceremony (pictured)

The royal could be seen awarding Sir Geoff Hurst with the Oldie Golden Boot of the Year at the award’s ceremony (pictured)

The Duchess of Cornwall presented Dr Saroj Datta the joint Oldie NHS Angels of the Year award (pictured)

The Duchess of Cornwall presented Dr Saroj Datta the joint Oldie NHS Angels of the Year award (pictured)

Barry Humphries, Margaret Seaman, the Duchess of Cornwall and Roger McGough all shared a laugh at the ceremony today

Barry Humphries, Margaret Seaman, the Duchess of Cornwall and Roger McGough all shared a laugh at the ceremony today

The Duchess of Cornwall handed over the joint Oldie NHS Angels of the Year award to Dr Mridul Kumar and Dr Saroj Datta

The Duchess of Cornwall handed over the joint Oldie NHS Angels of the Year award to Dr Mridul Kumar and Dr Saroj Datta

Camilla presented Dame Delia Smith with the Truly Scrumptious Oldie of the Year award (pictured)

Camilla presented Dame Delia Smith with the Truly Scrumptious Oldie of the Year award (pictured)


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