Platinum anniversary for a devoted reader | Brief letters

Reading the Guardian for 70 years | Queen Elizabeth II avatar | Dressing your age | Ageism

Like our beloved Majesty, I too am celebrating a platinum anniversary: I have been reading the Guardian for 70 years this month. I even had the airmailed Guardian Weekly when I lived in Singapore to keep up my unbroken record. At first it was mainly to have the crossword, and politics were more straightforward then. But the paper has risen to its challenges and I salute you for it.
Bill Taylor
Storrington, West Sussex

Abba’s new show has provided the perfect resolution to the republican and royalist debate: an avatar Elizabeth II to reign over us in perpetuity, available to open parliament and every other state occasion at a fraction of the cost. We could even have a Dancing Queen.
Andy Lynch
St Helens, Merseyside

• I suspect I’m not the only one whose hackles rose at the first sight of the supplement with your print edition (How to age well, 28 May) and its cover line “Dressing your age: the rules” trailing an article inside. One of the few positive sides of ageing is not having to dress and behave according to external expectations.
Helen Selwood
Newent, Gloucestershire

• Lord Grade is unsuitable as Ofcom head by dint of political persuasion, but the ageism shown by Jean Seaton, 75, is disappointing (Michael Grade too lazy and old to lead Ofcom, says BBC official historian, 2 June). When will she be considered too old to speak at the Hay festival?
Moira Sykes

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