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GMB guest debate: Should Her Majesty, 95, retire?

Dame Esther Rantzen insists Queen, 95, is still ‘sharp as a needle’ and remains a ‘leading star’ in GMB debate over whether to retire after canceling COP26 gig

  • Good Morning Britain guests debated whether the Queen should still work
  • Dame Esther Rantzen pleaded for Her Majesty, 95, to remain as head of state
  • Neev Spencer instead said she thinks it’s time for Her Majesty to retire


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Dame Esther Rantzen has insisted the Queen, 95, is still ‘sharp as a needle’ and remains a ‘guiding star’ as she appeared on GMB today – just days after Her Majesty was advised to cancel COP26 performance .

Dame Esther Rantzen and presenter Neev Spencer, who appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, debated whether the monarch should still work at 95 or put her feet up.

It comes after news that the Queen will not be attending the COP26 in Glasgow after she followed the doctor’s advice to rest after spending the night in hospital.

But while Dame Esther Rantzen argued that Her Majesty should remain as head of state, Neev Spencer argued instead that she thinks it is time for Her Majesty to retire.

“With all due respect to the Queen, she has been an incredible guide all these years, but she is 95 years old,” she explained. “When I think about my grandmother, she’s 95 and useless. She always cancels things because she says, “I’m sorry, it’s too cold, I’m not coming.” At that age she should kick off her kitten heels and just relax.”

Dame Esther Rantzen (pictured) and presenter Neev Spencer, who appeared on ITV's Good Morning Britain, debated whether the Queen should still be working at 95 or putting her feet up

Dame Esther Rantzen (pictured) and presenter Neev Spencer, who appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, debated whether the Queen should still be working at 95 or putting her feet up

Announcer Neev Spencer (pictured) argued that she thinks it's time for Her Majesty to retire

Announcer Neev Spencer (pictured) argued that she thinks it's time for Her Majesty to retire

Announcer Neev Spencer (pictured) argued that she thinks it’s time for Her Majesty to retire

Dame Esther, however, had a rather different opinion, arguing that this is probably the ‘last thing she would want’.

She continued: ‘We must not forget that we are talking about someone who devoted herself to public service when she inherited the job in her twenties and since then she has met every world leader.

“She’s been the leading star for the commonwealth and personally I think she’s really blossomed over the past two years.

“Besides, she’s as sharp as a needle. The occasional comments we pick up from the mic are exactly what we all think.

“And the time she gave that beautiful speech, she brought us together and made us feel confident and at ease. So I say, long may she reign! I look forward to the platinum celebrations and beyond.”

During the show’s segment, the pair also discussed how Her Majesty turned down an Oldie of the Year award because she believes “you’re only as old as you feel.”

The Queen arrives to attend the ceremonial opening of the sixth Senedd in Cardiff, Wales on October 14, 2021

The Queen arrives to attend the ceremonial opening of the sixth Senedd in Cardiff, Wales on October 14, 2021

The Queen arrives to attend the ceremonial opening of the sixth Senedd in Cardiff, Wales on October 14, 2021

The debate comes after news that the Queen will not be attending Cop26 in Glasgow after she followed the doctor's advice to rest after spending the night in hospital

The debate comes after news that the Queen will not be attending Cop26 in Glasgow after she followed the doctor's advice to rest after spending the night in hospital

The debate comes after news that the Queen will not be attending Cop26 in Glasgow after she followed the doctor’s advice to rest after spending the night in hospital

“Look, I’m not going to say the Queen can’t do what she wants,” Neev said. “But the truth is she’s 95! This is what we have to take into account. And she’s been through the pandemic, which means she’s about 115, because we’ve all turned around 20 years old in the last 25 months.

“She’s navigated through so many things, she’s seen so many divorces, the war, she’s been serving her country since she was 21 years old and I think Prince Charles is ready and I think he can handle it. She just needs to relax and enjoy the last hopefully five or six years of her life.’

Esther then intervened to argue that it is ultimately the Queen’s decision.

“She’s a very sensible woman,” she explained. “She has good judgment and if the doctor tells her that the round trip to Glasgow is too much and other people will start to worry if she does, she will follow that advice.”

“Personally, I think she promised to go through to the end, and I think she will.”

Esther added: ‘I also don’t think a tonic like feeling is needed. I think she wakes up in the morning and knows that people are still relying on her judgment and people are still looking forward to seeing her, and she will be surrounded by my applause.

“I think it makes her feel young and fit. And as she rightly says, you’re only as old as you feel.’

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