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109 year old man snubs Queen's birthday card

Robert Weighton celebrates his 109th birthday today Photo: ITV news

A man from Alton is celebrating his 109th birthday today.

Normally as tradition has it, anyone over 100 years old receives a card from the Queen but this year Robert Weighton has declined the gesture because he's got too many already.

Mr Weighton who has three children, 10 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren has received three telegrams from the Queen since becoming a centurion. However this year he's chosen not to receive one because he doesn't want to "clutter" his home.

He also thinks the Queen looks "a bit miserable while on official duties."

I 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.

– Robert Weighton

Leaving school at the age of 17 Mr Weighton trained as Marine engineer until 1925.

He then met and married his wife Agnes in 1937 while training to become an English teacher.

The pair moved to Taiwan and had their first son David in 1938.

Agnes sadly died in 1997

Since retiring Mr Weighton has volunteered as marriage councillor and helped at youth groups in the town.

Mr Weighton shares his title as Britain's oldest man with Alfred Smith, of Perth, Scotland, and the pair made contact with each other two years ago.

When asked about the secret to living a long life Mr Weighton stated there was no secret.

"I've eaten food I never thought I'd eat, made friends with people I never thought I would meet and been places I never thought I would go - but I'm not sure there really is a secret to living so long.

– Mr Weighton