Prince Philip: Royal expert reveals connection to Windsor Castle
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Prince Philip was honoured with the Oldie of the Year award in 2011, ahead of his 90th birthday. The Duke’s biographer has revealed the royal was “touched at getting that title” and thanked the organisers profusely. In a handwritten note sent to the magazine, who runs the annual award, Philip spoke candidly about his old age.
In the letter, Philip apologised for not being able to collect the award in person at Simpson’s in the Strand, a prestigious restaurant in Covent Garden, London.
He also admitted that time was passing “ever more quickly” as he entered his 10th decade.
The letter read: “I much appreciate your invitation to receive an Oldie of the Year award.
“There is nothing like it for morale to be reminded that the years are passing – ever more quickly – and that bits are beginning to drop off the ancient frame.
“But it is nice to be remembered at all.
“I regret not being able to receive the award in person but I will not be conveniently in reach of London at the time.
“I hope the party at Simpson’s will be a great success.”
Previous recipients of the Oldie’s accolade include Joanna Lumley, David Attenborough and Ranulph Fiennes.
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Royal biographer Robert Jobson also discussed the award in his new book: ‘Prince Philip’s Century: The Extraordinary Life of the Duke of Edinburgh’, which is due for release next month.
He said: “Philip had actually been touched at getting that title from The Oldie publication.”
The biographer also pointed out the Duke gave a frosty response to Alan Titchmarsh when he brought it up during an interview for ITV’s Philip at 90 programme.
Mr Jobson wrote: “‘You’ve been voted Oldie of the Year.’
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“Titchmarsh added, his optimism draining from his voice, but this time hopeful of a lighter response.
“‘So what?’ Philip responds irritably, ‘You just get old.'”
The Duke of Edinburgh passed away last Friday, missing out on reaching the milestone of turning 100 by just a couple of months.
Mr Jobson noted that Philip had no desire to celebrate his centenary.
He said: “Philip said before his death that he didn’t want an extravagant public celebration should he reach his landmark 100th birthday on 10 June 2021.
“It was, after all, not his style.
“In an interview with the Daily Telegraph in 2000 when discussing the Queen Mother’s 100th birthday, Philip made it clear he had no desire whatsoever to reach the same age.
“With a typically flippant remark, he said, ‘I can’t imagine anything worse, bits of me are falling off already.’
“Sadly, for the rest of us, he did not reach that milestone birthday and he got his wish.”
‘Prince Philip’s Century: The Extraordinary Life of the Duke of Edinburgh’ by Robert Jobson will be available to buy from May 13.
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