A message from the Queen was just one of the highlights for Elizabeth Campbell Staig who celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends in Benagil, near Carvoeiro, on Saturday.
Great grandmother Elizabeth, was born during the reign of Edward VII on March 7 1909. Her father was a First World War veteran and she lived in South Africa during the 1920s before returning to Scotland after contracting yellow fever.
When Elizabeth returned to Scotland she was schooled until she was 15 before moving into the retail business and working as a part time model in clothing stores.
Elizabeth moved to the Algarve 10 years ago after she visited Portugal and enjoyed the lifestyle and walking the cliffs, “breathing in the fresh air”.
She told the Algarve Resident: “The party was a big, excellent surprise.”
When presented with the telegram from Queen Elizabeth, she laughed and said: “Where did this come from, is it real?”
Alex Campbell, her son, said: “Mum loves parties. She would always be up dancing and enjoying the music and I think this was a lovely surprise for her.”
Are there any secret tips to living such a long life? Elizabeth revealed: “All my family have lived to a good age. I am really quite healthy and gave up smoking years ago, so perhaps that has helped!”
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