A royal 105th birthday for Queenie of Doddington

PUBLISHED: 16:31 03 April 2018 | UPDATED: 16:44 03 April 2018

Queenie Page is celebrating her 105th birthday with her daughter Hillary at Askham House care home in Doddington. PHOTO: Harry Rutter

Queenie Page is celebrating her 105th birthday with her daughter Hillary at Askham House care home in Doddington. PHOTO: Harry Rutter

PHOTO: Harry Rutter

A tipple of port and sherry are the secrets to looking amazing at 105, according to Queenie Page who celebrated her special birthday on April’s Fools day.

Queenie Page is celebrating her 105th birthday with her daughter Hillary at Askham House care home in Doddington. PHOTO: Harry RutterQueenie Page is celebrating her 105th birthday with her daughter Hillary at Askham House care home in Doddington. PHOTO: Harry Rutter

Queenie, born in 1913, said: “I’m no fool though my birthday date is April 1.”

When asked what kept her looking so good Queenie, who lives at Askham House in Doddington, joked that she wouldn’t give away her secret saying instead with a twinkle in her eye: “Mind your own business!”

However, when pressed she and her daughter Hilary agreed that healthy eating and the odd tipple of alcohol helped, as well as working hard all of her life.

Queenie Page is celebrating her 105th birthday with her daughter Hillary at Askham House care home in Doddington. PHOTO: Harry RutterQueenie Page is celebrating her 105th birthday with her daughter Hillary at Askham House care home in Doddington. PHOTO: Harry Rutter

Surrounded by a special cake, a card from the Queen, bunting and her daughter Hillary Reid, Queenie said it wasn’t anything special to live to the age of 105.

“I have just been healthy,” she said.

Born in Coton, near Madingley, she married in Great St Mary’s Church in Cambridge in 1937 to her late husband Donald.

Queenie Page is celebrating her 105th birthday with her daughter Hillary at Askham House care home in Doddington. PHOTO: Harry RutterQueenie Page is celebrating her 105th birthday with her daughter Hillary at Askham House care home in Doddington. PHOTO: Harry Rutter

A keen pianist she went on to play the organ at the church where she married, the same one where the funeral of scientist Stephen Hawking was held.

She has two daughters, Hilary and Elizabeth, and throughout her life was a keen seamstress.

She used to make all of her own clothes, including coats, and it is only in recent years that she has stopped her love of dress making.

Queenie has four grandchildren Simon, Alison, Julie and Anthony and three great grandchildren Tomas, Je’robie and Ruby.

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