Queen Elizabeth II has declined an "Oldie of the Year" title by a British magazine, saying she doesn’t meet the criteria for the award.
“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,” said a letter from the 95-year-old queen’s secretary to Oldie magazine, The Associated Press reported.
The distinction, given to those of advanced age who have made a particular contribution to society, was previously given to recipients including painter David Hockney, former Prime Minister John Major and the queen’s late husband Prince Philip, according to the AP.
French-American actress and dancer Leslie Caron was given the award after the queen declined it.
The queen, the longest-reigning British monarch in history, is still very active and tends to all her royal duties.