Posts tagged with "Queen Elizabeth II"

‘You are as old as you feel’: Queen Elizabeth II refuses ‘Oldie of the Year’ award

October 21, 2021

Queen Elizabeth II, who turned 95 last April, has declined an award for “Oldie of the Year” from a British magazine, with a polite—if slightly cheeky—response, reports Page Six of The New York Post.

“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, October 19.

The Oldie, a British monthly, is aimed at the mature set “as a light-hearted alternative to a press obsessed with youth and celebrity,” its website trumpets. Every year the editors bestow an Oldie of the Year award in a light-hearted ceremony. Previous winners have included Eileen Atkins, Glenda Jackson, Peter Blake, and David Hockney.

But at least one member of the royal family approves of the ceremony. The Queen’s daughter-in-law, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, turned up at Oldie’s awards lunch to hand out honors like Champion Knitter of the Year and Truly Scrumptious Oldie of the Year.

In her remarks, Camilla, 74, acknowledged the advantages of aging: “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,” Prince Charles’s wife said, according to People.

The Oldie magazine clearly has a soft spot for the Royal Family. The Queen’s husband, Prince Phillip, who passed away in April at age 99, was named Consort of the Year at the awards in 2012.

He accepted the award warmly, writing: “There is nothing like it for morale to be reminded that the years are passing—ever more quickly,” and adding, “but it is nice to be remembered at all.”

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A ‘curtsy’ call: Queen Elizabeth to hire a new personal assistant at Buckingham Palace

December 4, 2020

It’s good to be queen—but she does expect the royal treatment. Queen Elizabeth is hiring a new personal assistant—seeking an impeccable candidate to help run the show at Buckingham Palace in London.

The Royal Household recently posted the opening for the full-time gig, describing the right hire as organized, efficient, and comfortable working in a fast-paced, “high profile” environment, Fox News reports.

Reporting to a senior manager within the Private Secretary’s Office, the new hire will coordinate calendars, correspondence, meetings, and appointments—drawing from his or her past experience as a personal assistant for “board-level individuals” to keep cool under pressure.

Drama queens need not apply, as the Royal Household seeks applicants with excellent interpersonal communication skills who take pride in their work.

The personal assistant will be hired for a two-year stint from January 2021 to January 2023; perhaps playing a hand in coordinating the four-day “blockbuster weekend of celebrations” reportedly in the works to celebrate Elizabeth’s 70-year reign in 2022.

Travel is also required for the position, though the idea of quick trips to the Queen’s vacation homes like Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, and Balmoral Castle in Scotland sure sound like perks.

Interested applicants should quickly revise their royal resumes, as the job posting closes on Friday, December 4. According to a LinkedIn listing, over 200 hopefuls have already applied.

Research contact: @FoxNews

Trump tries to walk back ‘brutal’ comments on Brexit

July 16, 2018

As the POTUS and FLOTUS prepared to meet Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle on July 13, Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May was still recovering from an icy meeting with Trump at the NATO summit in Brussels—and from the president’s disparaging comments about her Brexit strategy in a newspaper interview published the same morning.

In a world exclusive interview with The Sun—characterized as “insulting” by the British public—President Trump said that May’s Brexit strategy was “soft” and that, “If they do a deal like that, we would be dealing with the European Union instead of dealing with the UK, so it will probably kill the deal.”

He also “tore into” London Mayor Sadiq Khan “for not standing up to terrorists,” and insisted that former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson would make “a great Prime Minister.”

Informed of the diplomatic damage he had done, the president then tried to walk it back at a press conference at Chequers, the prime minister’s 16th-century official country residence, The New York Times reported.

The U.S.-based news outlet described Trump’s attitude as “by turns defiant, fawning and dismissive about the interview,” saying, “He first tried to deny he had criticized the prime minister and blamed the embarrassing episode on the news media. When that rang hollow, he then tried to compensate by lavishing Mrs. May with compliments and, in the end, claimed that the slights were so insignificant that she had waved off his attempts at an apology.”

 “I didn’t criticize the prime minister; I have a lot of respect for the prime minister,” Mr. Trump told reporters during an outdoor news conference after he and Mrs. May had met for talks. He blamed “fake news,” claiming the report — in a right-wing, pro-Brexit, Murdoch-owned tabloid — had omitted his praise of Mrs. May. “I think she’s doing a terrific job, by the way,” Mr. Trump said, calling her “tough” and “capable.”

According to the Times report, President Trump admitted, “I did give her a suggestion — I wouldn’t say advice — and I think she found it maybe too brutal. As far as negotiating the deal, I probably would have done what my suggestion was to

Research contact: @JulieHirschfeldDavis