An Eastcote Second World War veteran celebrated his 100th birthday over the weekend.
Victor Hugo received his letter from the Queen to mark the centenary milestone on Friday (June 12).
The occasion saw him celebrating twice, with two parties: one for friends and one for family.
He said: “It was a considerable success with around 80 people calling in for drinks, and the weather was marvellous. We celebrated very well.”
Over 100 members of his family came for the second celebration on Sunday (June 14).
Mr Hugo was very happy to receive his “prompt” letter from the Queen.
He added: “Of course, I was very pleased. I'm a very strong Royalist and I consider this country very fortunate indeed to have the Queen as head of state. She's a wonderful woman.”
The Wiltshire-born veteran, who fought in the 8th army, has been married to his wife Jean for 52 years.
He has one son, two grandchildren, one step-grandchild and three great-grandchildren.
Mr Hugo, who says he's had a “varied and happy life”, recalled moments from his career and personal life.
He fought in the western desert, spent time fighting with the American 5th army, two years in Italy and became a Major in 1943.
He later worked in publishing for Vogue magazine and met his now-wife through press and PR in the fashion industry.
His happiest moment, he said, was marrying wife Jean, now 82, at the Caxton Hall registry office.
They lived in Hampstead gardens and have lived in Eastcote together, Jean's birthplace, for the last 20 years.