THE OLDEST resident on a White City estate had a right royal bash to celebrate her 100th birthday.
Queenie Hopwood, thought to be the estate’s oldest neighbour, was treated to a surprise party at the White City Community Centre bingo club.
The centenarian was born on July 12, 1913, the youngest of 11 children who grew up in Paddington.
She received a birthday card from the Queen and a telegram from Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith.
"The surprise party was best of all," she said. "I have been going to the bingo club every Thursday for 30 years. I have lots of friends at bingo who keep me going. There’s nothing wrong with my memory, I’ve got all my marbles. I’m hoping to make it to at least my next birthday. My eldest sister lived until she was 101, so I hope to beat her. They’re all gone, I’m the last one."
Queenie moved to White City with her husband Frederick Thomas half a century ago and has lived at her current home in Batman Close for the past 35 years. And living moments from QPR Football Club for most of her life, she has become an avid football fan.
The mother-of-two, who has a growing family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, worked in a laundry receiving office when she was 16 before moving to factories in Acton. She did soldering and wiring for HMV, then became a supervisor at the Elizabeth Arden make-up factory for seven years. Her last job was working as a caterer feeding hundreds of staff at BBC Television Centre in Wood Lane for two decades.
Her husband, Frederick, was unfit to serve in the Second World War, which took the lives of her parents who were killed during an air raid in Paddington.
Frederick worked most of his life as an officer at Westminster City Council; he died of a heart attack aged just 55.
Despite being hard of hearing, Queenie is in a good health and gets out and about with the help of her close friend Joy Speller, who said: “She’s very cheerful and well known on the estate. A man stopped her in the street and gave her a kiss on her birthday. He didn’t know her but knew she was the 100-year-old.”