‘Well said!’ Piers Morgan weighs in as the Queen turns down Oldie of the Year award | Celebrity News | Showbiz & TV
Piers Morgan, 55, has applauded the Queen, 95, today after she turned down receiving the Oldie of the Year award. The monarch “politely but firmly” declined the accolade, but sent a message with her “warmest best wishes”.
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 main Oldie of the Year award.
But in a letter published in the November issue of the 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 Queen, who is just five years away from her 100th birthday, is the nation’s longest-reigning monarch and is due to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee – 70 years on the throne – next year.
In response to her award dismissal, Piers wrote: “Brilliant. Well said, Your Majesty @RoyalFamily.”
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The reigning monarch still keeps a busy diary of events and audiences and deals with her daily red boxes of official papers.
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.
Today, she is hosting a reception at Windsor Castle for international business and investment leaders to mark the Global Investment Summit.
Her daughter-in-law, the Duchess of Cornwall, joined Brandreth for the publication’s first in-person awards ceremony since 2019 at The Savoy hotel in London.
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.
Brandreth revealed 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 pandemic and ahead of the 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.”