Guinness World Records has confirmed that this British Mr. and Mrs. have been named the world’s oldest newlyweds!
Months after their June 13, 2015 wedding at the Langham Hotel in Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK, George Kirby (born June 13, 1912) and his blushing bride Doreen Luckie (born September 6, 1923) have been named the “oldest couple to marry – aggregate age” according to Guinness World Records‘ announcement yesterday.
The day they were married was George’s birthday! George turned 103 years young, matching the age of the current oldest bridegroom record holder, while his bride hit 91 years and 280 days. The couple garnered an aggregate age of 194 years and 280 days. Wow!
The couple broke records while tying the knot, beating out the previous world record holders François Fernandez (born April 17, 1906) and his bride Madeleine Francineau (born July 15, 1907) who had a combined lifespan of 190 years 126 days on their wedding day; their wedding ceremony was held at the Le Foyer du Romarin rest home in Clapiers, France.
George and Doreen lovingly endured a 27 year courtship, marrying only after the encouragement of George’s 63-year-old son Neil (who owns the couple’s hotel wedding venue), his wife Wendy, and the support of their seven other children and 15 grandchildren (and seven more great grandchildren)!
George proposed to Doreen on Valentine’s Day this year, after meeting in 1988 through an organization that finds friends for older individuals according to Guinness. Both were married previously, but as George jokingly told the UK’s Daily Mirror, “I can definitely say we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together.”
The rest, as they say, is history and will continue to be history for the Guinness World Record-holding, world’s oldest newlyweds! Congrats you lovebirds!