How late is too late to have a girlfriend and get married? Never is the answer you would get, should you ask this question to this loving couple from the UK. Meet the soon-to-be world’s oldest newlyweds. You heard that right — the world’s oldest newlyweds!
Doreen Luckie, 91, and George Kirby, 102, are probably the oldest boyfriend-girlfriend duo right now on the planet. Come June, they plan to stake the claim for becoming the world’s oldest newlyweds. When they tie the knot in two months time, their combined ages would be a staggering 194 years. This would make them the world’s oldest newlyweds, beating a previous record that was held by two elderly couple from France — well over a decade ago!
In an interview with UK tabloid Metro, Doreen said she is quite surprised to learn that she is on the verge of becoming a claimant to the title of the world’s oldest newlyweds — simply because there are so many other people older than her still around.
“I didn’t think that was possible. Because you hear so many people living into their hundreds now, and lots of people in their nineties, I thought, ‘Well, we can’t be the only ones!'”
Guinness World Records currently lists and awards the world’s oldest newlyweds title after verifying the ages of each member and then counting their aggregate ages. It is described as “the combined number of years and days both individuals had lived to taken at the day of marriage.” This has been confirmed by Kristen Ott, a representative for Guinness World Records, to ABC News.
Another requirement from Guinness is that those who believe they are about to become the world’s oldest newlyweds should submit their application claiming the record. Following this, Guinness officials will verify their claim independently and then take a call. For Doreen and George, this means the couple would need to submit evidence and all other details from the day of the marriage.
Back in 2012, California couple Lillian Hartley and Allan Marks also got married. They had a combined aggregate age of 193 years. However, they were never formally recognized by Guinness because they did not submit the application for the record.
“Lillian and Allan were never recognized as it seems they never submitted a formal application. All record attempts must be submitted through our application process in order to be recognized,” a senior Guinness official confirmed.
Isn’t it interesting to note that this news came just a few hours after we reported about the Utah couple who lived together for 74 years before passing away within hours of each other?
Meanwhile, Luckie and Kirby will get married on June 13 at the Langham Hotel owned by Kirby’s son. We wish the soon-to-be world’s oldest newlyweds all the best!
[Image via Mirror UK]