Britain's oldest person dies aged 112
Dorset, UK - Britain's oldest living person, Joan Hocquard, lived life to the full: she drove ambulances in London during World War II, she was a passionate sailor, and she once even refused a birthday card from the Queen.
Hocquard died Saturday aged 112 in a nursing home in Dorset, her nephew Paul Reynolds (74) told BBC.
His aunt didn't believe in diets or other recipes for a long life.
"She loved eating butter and cream," he said.
Hocquard spent much of her childhood growing up in Kenya and later worked as a chef in a hotel in Geneva, Switzerland.
After driving ambulances during the Second World War, she moved to England's south coast, where she discovered her love for sailing.
She refused a birthday card from the Queen
Nephew Reynolds called Hocquard an independent spirit who had refused a card from the Queen on her 100th birthday because “she did not want people to know how old she was."
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