Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, who turned 95 last April, turned down an award for “Oldie of the Year” from a British magazine with a polite but delicately sarcastic response.

“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 find a more worthy recipient,” Tom Laing-Baker, the Queen’s assistant private secretary, said in a letter shared by the magazine on Tuesday.

Unruffled by the royal refusal, the magazine, a British monthly named The Oldie, cheekily decided to run a youthful picture of Her Majesty on its front cover and quoted her adage: “You are as old as you feel.”

The Oldie is aimed at senior citizens “as a light-hearted alternative to a press obsessed with youth and celebrity,” its website trumpets. Every year an Oldie of the Year is awarded in a light-hearted ceremony; previous winners have included Eileen Atkins, Glenda Jackson, Peter Blake, and David Hockney.... Read More: