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Queen Elizabeth II is Britain’s longest-lived and longest-reigning monarch. But don’t call him old.

The 95-year-old queen politely declined the honor of being named “Oldie of the Year” by a British magazine, saying she did not meet the “relevant criteria”.


Oldie magazine published the Queen’s response on Tuesday to its suggestion that she follow in the footsteps of former recipients, including former Prime Minister John Major, actor Olivia de Havilland and artist David Hockney.

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“Her Majesty believes that you are as old as you feel, as if the Queen does not believe that she meets the relevant criteria to be able to accept, and hopes that you A more deserving recipient will be found,” said a letter from his assistant private secretary. Tom Lang-Baker. He concluded the letter “With the warm wishes of Your Excellency”.

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Queen Elizabeth II is Britain's longest-lived and longest-reigning monarch.

The Queen, who became a widow this year, still maintains a busy schedule of royal duties. On Tuesday he held an audience with diplomats and hosted a reception at Windsor Castle for global business leaders.

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Oldie of the Year Award honors people of advanced age who have made a significant contribution to public life. The Queen’s husband Prince Philip, who died in April, received the honor in 2011, when he was 90.

The award went to Leslie Caron, a 90-year-old French-American actress and dancer.

After the Queen declined, this year’s Oldie of the Year award went to film royalty: Leslie Caron, 90-year-old French-American actress and dancer.