‘I don’t need another card from the Queen – she’s got enough trouble with Harry!’ World’s new oldest man, 111, who retired 55 years ago has a cheeky message for Her Majesty having lived through five monarchs and 26 PMs

Which is perhaps why, despite his extraordinarily advanced years, there is just one birthday card from the beaming Queen on display in his packed bookshelves. Naturally, she sends one every year to those over 100.

‘The first one was satisfying — I wouldn’t say it was exciting,’ he says. 

‘But after a couple, I said: ‘Yes, I’m still here, I’m still alive,’ and I asked Her Majesty to stop sending them.’

Gosh, why?

‘Because it would be a waste of taxpayers’ money and she’s got enough on her plate with Harry and . . . what’s she called? And also I don’t need a load of cards cluttering the place up.’