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Queen sends clear message she is ‘not stepping down’ after snubbing Oldie of Year award

Queen sends clear message she is 'not stepping down' after snubbing Oldie of Year award

The monarch, 95, declined the award as she believes “you are only as old as you feel”. Royal biographer Angela Levin said the Queen refusing the accolade could be a hint she is not going to step down from her duties.

Ms Levin tweeted: “I think that the Queen’s comment that you are ‘as old as you feel’ is also a nudge to let us all know she is not going to step down as monarch.”

In an earlier post, the royal author praised Her Majesty for her comments as she politely turned down the award.

Ms Levin said: “Absolutely wonderful. The Queen is absolutely spot on.”

Author and broadcaster Gyles Brandreth, chairman of the awards, wrote to the Queen’s private secretary, Sir Edward Young, to ask if she would accept the Oldie of the Year trophy.

But in a letter published in the November issue of The Oldie magazine, her assistant private secretary, Tom Laing-Baker, wrote: “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 Duchess of Cornwall joined Mr Brandeth for The Oldie’s awards ceremony at The Savoy hotel in London on Tuesday.

Mr Brandreth said that actress Dame Maureen Lipman, one of the judges, raised the prospect of the magazine honouring the Queen in recognition of her leadership during the coronavirus pandemic and ahead of her Diamond Jubilee.

He described the letter he received from Balmoral Castle in response as “lovely”, writing: “Perhaps in the future we will sound out Her Majesty once more.”

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In the end, the main Oldie of the Year award went to French-American actress and dancer Leslie Caron, who at 90 is five years younger than the Queen.

Former England footballer Sir Geoff Hurst, 79, won the Oldie Golden Boot of the Year and cook Delia Smith, 80, was honoured with the Truly Scrumptious Oldie award.

In a speech, Camilla, 74, joked about the downsides of ageing, saying: “I think those of us who have already passed our three score years and ten have to acknowledge that there are certain disadvantages to growing older.”

She added: “There are times, I know, when we all experience those senior moments.

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“But there are advantages to growing older, too – watching one’s children growing up, enjoying one’s grandchildren – knowing that they’ll be going home after the visit, finding more time to read, finding time to read The Oldie, and coming to jolly lunches like this one.”

The Queen, who is just five years away from her 100th birthday, is the nation’s longest-reigning monarch.

She is due to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – next year.

The head of state still keeps a busy diary of events and audiences and deals with her daily red boxes of official papers.

Last week, she used a walking stick for what is believed to be the first time at a major public event.

The late Prince Philip was named Oldie of the Year in 2011 to mark his 90th birthday.

The Duke of Edinburgh joked in a letter: “There is nothing like it for morale to be reminded that the years are passing – ever more quickly – and that bits are beginning to drop off the ancient frame.

“But it is nice to be remembered at all.”

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Next year could be Queen’s toughest – the royals are already rebooting -CHRISTOPHER WILSON

Next year could be Queen's toughest - the royals are already rebooting -CHRISTOPHER WILSON

The Queen and Prince Charles are often to be seen side-by-side, while Kate, Camilla and the Queen travel to Scotland next month for the COP26 summit in Glasgow. These are jobs which once would have been attended by a single generation of royals – now it’s two and sometimes three. The national emergency of the past 19 months has brought a greater need from the nation to engage, when possible, with our first family.

A royal visit always works wonders on morale and the House of Windsor has obliged. Photographers are having to work overtime.

The other side of the coin is the defection of Prince Harry and the scandal surrounding Prince Andrew, two separate crises that have struck at the heart of monarchy and caused the remaining members to close ranks, think afresh and reboot their act.

As a strategy it’s working, and working well. More positive news flows daily than ever before, and as a result the institution is looking less shaky than it was a few months ago.

Behind the smiles and the waves, however, lies a strategic recalibration to take account of the uncertainties next year, which is likely to prove the most challenging yet to face the Queen since she came to the throne.

Without the constraints of public duty, there’s no knowing what the Sussexes might do next.

Their supporters point to the fact that Harry and Meghan’s declared aim is to do good for the world, but there’s barely a day when they don’t dent the royal escutcheon back home.

The impending trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, and the ghost of Jeffrey Epstein, hang over the royal house like the Sword of Damocles, dangling by a thread.

Last weekend PrinceWilliam revealed, as far as he’s concerned, the Duke of York is no longer a working royal and, whatever Prince Andrew’s ambitions, his days in public life are over. For many this comes as a relief, but it sharpens the focus on the diminished number of royals left.

the Queen, last week attending a service for the Royal British Legion at Westminster Abbey, was supported by a walking stick: a jolting reminder that she will be 96 on her next birthday.

But her acid COMMENT at the Welsh Assembly about climate-change countries who “talk but don’t do” shows just how sharp her mind remains. That she continues to do all that she does do is little short of a miracle – but it can’t go on forever.

Waiting in the wings is the fatherand-son act of Prince Charles and Prince William.

But how will Charles, soon to be 73, and William, 39, share out their duties – and can they work in tandem?

Charles believes that part of the magic of monarchy is a certain grandeur. He lives with a vast retinue of servants and staff, and maintains at least five separate homes.

He’s made mistakes – the recent resignation of his right-hand man Michael Fawcett in a cash-for-access scandal is a case in point. Fawcett remains the Prince’s Achilles’ heel.

Charles’s “black-spider memos” to ministers. Many feel his role should remain non-political – but evidently he doesn’t .

William, on the other hand, has so far avoided controversy.

Certainly after his marriage there were complaints he was work-shy. But though he lives in suitable style at Kensington Palace and Anmer Hall, we hear nothing of extravagance. He has two homes, not six. His personal staff is a fraction of his father’s.

From his mother Princess Diana he inherited a rather different view of where the Royal Family should stand and so we can expect there will be differences, if not strains.

As the old song has it, “There may be trouble ahead.”

But let’s hope not.

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Queen set to give ‘very tough broadcast’ with Christmas message this year

Queen set to give 'very tough broadcast' with Christmas message this year

The Queen, 95, addresses the nation with a special message at Christmas as she reflects on the year. The speech touches on major events from the year with a specific focus on the British Empire. NBC royal correspondent Neil Sean has claimed the Queen will discuss the life of Prince Philip who died April 9.

He said: “Her Majesty the Queen will focus on the loss earlier this year of the Duke of Edinburgh.

“Naturally it affected the nation but it could not have affected anyone more than the Queen.

“We’ve seen in recent months she does appear to have lost some weight and of course is using a small stick for comfort.

“The broadcast is going to focus on the good work that he did and of course how he became the grandfather to the nation.

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“What is also nice to know is she will look back on his life, not just his royal life but his working life prior to entering the Royal Family in the late 1940s.

“For Her Majesty the Queen that will become a very tough broadcast given that time of year it almost makes it even harder to remember loved ones you hope to be with.”

His claims come as the Queen’s suggestion that she is irritated by a lack of action in tackling climate change is a “common sense” response reflecting the views of many, royal commentators have said.

She appeared to express her exasperation just a few weeks before world leaders gather in Glasgow for the Cop26 UN climate change conference.

Royal biographer Penny Junor said the Queen’s view is not “controversial” and echoes the frustration of the Prince of Wales and Duke of Cambridge, while royal historian Hugo Vickers said her comments would have been supported by the Duke of Edinburgh.

Charles and William have given interviews this week highlighting a need for action to combat the environmental threat the planet faces, and will join the Queen at Cop26 for a series of royal events.

The Queen’s remarks emerged in clips of a conversation filmed on a smart phone during a reception following the opening of the Welsh Senedd on Thursday.

It is rare for the Queen’s thoughts on a political topic to be made public and her comment was made during an unguarded moment when she chatted with the Duchess of Cornwall and Elin Jones, the Welsh Parliament’s Presiding Officer.

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In the footage, the Queen reportedly says: “Extraordinary isn’t it… I’ve been hearing all about Cop… still don’t know who is coming… no idea.”

She adds: “We only know about people who are not coming… and it’s really irritating when they talk, but they don’t do.”

Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced he will attend Cop26, but in a blow to hopes for what could be achieved, China’s president Xi Jinping will not attend, according to The Times newspaper.

Ms Junor said of the Queen’s comments: “I think what she’s said is really not controversial at all, it’s what most people are thinking.

“Charles has been banging his head against a brick wall on this for years, William is out there banging his head and I think it’s absolutely fair enough that she should say what she feels.”

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Queen heartbreak: Monarch ‘prayed’ through turbulent royal year

Queen heartbreak: Monarch 'prayed’ through turbulent royal year

On April 9, Prince Philip died at 99 years old, with the Duke of Edinburgh laid to rest on April 17 at Windsor Castle. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle also stepped down from royal duties in March, and Prince Andrew has become embattled in a lawsuit over allegations of sexual abuse. 

Matthew Dennison, royal author, said Her Majesty has turned to her faith to help cope with the dramas of the Royal Family. 

He said: “She has a strong religious faith. 

“One of the things that the queen has done is pray throughout all of this. 

“She also has a loyal, supportive group of private secretaries, ladies in waiting and devoted friends who have been a strong system around her. 

“She also has the support of her close-knit family.”

Speaking to Fox News, Mr Dennison suggested the Queen “finds it difficult to confront difficult issues”.

However, he noted: “I think she has gotten better over time.”

He also told the US outlet he thinks Her Majesty has no plans to abdicate despite the loss of Philip earlier this year.

The author added: “There wasn’t ever a realistic expectation that the death of the Duke of Edinburgh would lead the queen to abdicate. 

“In the very few times she has spoken about it to her close friends, she has always been quite clear that the promises she made in her coronation are binding. 

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“These are promises she made to God in the church. These are holy promises.”

Mr Dennison also said The Queen is close with Harry despite his and Meghan’s move to the US.

He said: “She reacted very sensitively to her grandson, but she also reacted very clearly and strongly,. 

“There is no doubt that the queen felt a level of disappointment by what has happened. And when the interview [with Oprah] aired, it was quite shocking in Britain.”

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It comes after Her Majesty praised BBC’s ‘Songs of Praise’ for showing “Christianity as a living faith”.

In a pre-recorded message for the programme, she said: “For 60 years, ‘Songs of Praise’ has drawn together congregations and BBC viewers throughout the United Kingdom in collective worship.

“During that time, the program has shown Christianity as a living faith not only through hymns and worship songs but also by featuring the many people who have put their faith at the centre of their lives.

“I congratulate ‘Songs of Praise’ and all those involved in the program on its 60th anniversary.”

In 2020, royal historian Robert Lacey told People magazine that the Queen’s faith has been essential during her reign.

He said: “She sees it in the bigger context of her religious faith and of a God who holds her family in his hands. 

“It is the solid and simple faith that sustains the Queen.”

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