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Why One Man Is Refusing a Birthday Card from the Queen

Britain's oldest man has no interest in a note from Her Majesty.
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Living to be 100-plus comes with a couple of perks. For example. if you're a British citizen, your longevity affords you a birthday card from the Queen herself when you turn 100, 105, and every year thereafter. But Britain's oldest man has had enough.

Robert Weighton, who celebrated his 109th birthday last Wednesday, politely declined the royal correspondence this year. "I'd already received one every year and since it's the age of austerity I thought I would save the country a little bit on postage and printing," he told ITV Meridian. "I don't want a whole row of them, there's no point in that."

It's not that Weighton isn't a royalist. In fact, he added that he "won't hear a word against" the queen, even saying "I admire her enormously."

In a way, he is doing his part to help the monarch, who in recent years has had to increase her "birthday card team" to keep up with Britain's surge of centenarians.

However, he did accept one from her two years ago "because it's the only one I'd seen that she was smiling on."

"In the rest of the cards she looked a bit miserable while on official duties," he said.

While he's not a fan of postage from her majesty, Weighton does exchange cards with Alfred Smith of Scotland, with whom he shares the title of Britain's oldest man. “I saw a story about him and saw we were both the same age and shared the title of oldest man, so I sent a letter to him,” he said. “We send each other cards now on our birthday."

h/t: Travel + Leisure

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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