NOT everyone can boast about receiving a birthday card from the Queen every year.

But, then again, there are very few people who live to the ripe old age of 108.

Margaret Reed, from Burnham-on-Sea, received her first card from the Queen when she reached her centenary on April 20, 2000.

She received her second card from the Monarch when she hit 105 and now receives the traditional royal anniversary message every year.

Margaret, who celebrated her 108th with a party at the Priory Court Care and Nursing Home in Burnham-on-Sea, said: “I have also had the pleasure of going for afternoon tea with the Queen twice, she is just lovely. She sends me a lovely card every year.

“The secret to living a long and healthy life is hard work, lots of good food and being active. You have to keep yourself going to stay healthy and happy.

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“I have met the Irish Prime Minister, they send me a silver medal and a card every year for my birthday.”

As well as tucking into a delicious birthday cake to celebrate the occasion on Friday, April 20, she was also treated to lunch out with her family at the Tudor Hotel and Restaurant, in Bridgwater.

Born on April 20, 1910, in Ireland, Margaret was one of nine children. During the Second World War she was part of the Royal Air Force AT Farnborough, where she served in a secret establishment. After she married she moved to Cornwall and has one child named David. She has lived at Priory Court Care Home since 2015.

Margaret is an independent woman and an active part of the community in Burnham-on-Sea, where she still attends Roman Catholic Mass once a week.

“Margaret had a great day and it was a pleasure to celebrate this milestone with her.” said Raji Sunil, manager of Priory Court.