The Queen showed she is not stepping down by refusing the Oldie of the Year award, a royal biographer has claimed.

The 95-year-old monarch reportedly turned down the award “politely but firmly” that she was offered by Oldie magazine and instead replied with her “warmest best wishes”.

Author Gyles Brandreth, chairman of the awards, wrote to the monarch asking if she would accept the title.

Her assistant private secretary Tom Laing-Baker wrote back: “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 rejection came just days before a health scare that saw the long-serving royal cancel an overseas trip.

Now royal biographer Angela Levin said that the line “you are only as old as you feel” is an indication that she is not planning to step down.

She 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.”

The Queen said that "you are as old as you feel" when she turned down the gong (

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The Queen using a walking stick earlier this month at The Senedd in Cardiff (

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In an earlier post she said the Queen was “absolutely spot on” with her reply to being offered the award.

It comes as the Queen cancelled a trip to Northern Ireland this week after she “reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for the next few days,” said Buckingham Palace.

But reports from royal circles have said that she is prioritising being ready to attend the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow later this month.

Brandreth, who was joined by the Duchess of Cornwall for The Oldie’s ceremony at The Savoy hotel in London last Tuesday, said the reply from the Queen was “lovely”.

The Queen is believed to be prioritising being ready to attend the COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow (

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He added: “Perhaps in the future we will sound out Her Majesty once more.”

Camilla, 74, spoke at the awards ceremony and joked about ageing, according to the Express.

She said: "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."

Adding: "There are times, I know, when we all experience those senior moments.”

Buckingham Palace has faced growing criticism for keeping the hospital stay a secret, with a scathing attack launched by a BBC royal correspondent who questioned how much the Palace could be trusted.

The 95-year-old monarch was admitted to King Edward VII hospital in London on Wednesday afternoon and stayed overnight for tests.

The 95-year-old monarch has refused the Oldie of the Year award (

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The Palace told journalists the Queen had been advised to rest and remained at Windsor Castle, but more than 24 hours later confirmed she had been taken to the private hospital.

A trip to Northern Ireland was cancelled at the last minute.

The royal standard continued to fly at the castle after the Queen had left.

A royal source denied it remained flying as part of a cover-up, telling the Daily Mail the standard did not move to every building the Queen visited.

Despite the hospital stay, the source said, Windsor had remained the Queen’s residence.

BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said journalists and Brits 'weren’t given the complete picture'.

He added: "The problem, it seems to me, is that rumour and misinformation always thrive in the absence of proper, accurate and trustworthy information."

Royal commentator and former BBC journalist Peter Hunt alleged there had been a ‘failed attempt’ to cover up the Queen's hospital stay.

He said: "The media’s faith in the veracity of royal communications will have been sorely tested by the failed attempt to hide the fact the Queen spent a night in hospital.

"Buckingham Palace can ill afford a breakdown in trust, given all they’re dealing with."

A spokesman for the Palace declined to comment on the cover-up claims.

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