George Kirby, a 103-year-old man, and Doreen Luckie, a 91-year-old woman, became the world’s oldest newlyweds after they tied the knot at a hotel in the coastal town of Eastbourne, southern England, on Saturday, June 13, 2015.
The two got married after being together for 27 years.
The wedding ceremony was attended by about 50 guests, including close friends, family members, and representatives of the Guinness World Records.
Photos taken as the couple signed the registry book and after the wedding ceremony at the Langham Hotel in Eastbourne, East Sussex, showed the bride, dressed in a white dress with blue flowers, pushing the groom — dressed in a dark suit and tie — on a wheelchair.
He was confined to the wheelchair after suffering a fall recently.
The couple, with a combined age of 194 years, beat the previous Guinness World Record for the oldest newlyweds held by Francois Fernandez and Madeleine Francineau, who on their wedding day had a combined age of 191 years.
Speaking before the wedding, the bride said they had “no regrets” for not getting married earlier.
“We didn’t want to bother about marriage before but eventually we did it,” she declared, and commenting on the happy occasion, she said, “I was a bit giddy. It was such a lovely day and great to see everyone.”
George, a former boxer unbeaten in 60 fights, and fitness instructor who served in the RAF for 25 years, said, “It’s about time, really. Doreen keeps me young and I can definitely say we’re going to spend the rest of our lives together.”
“I didn’t get down on one knee, because I don’t think I would have been able to get back up,” he joked.
George’s son, Neil, the best man at the wedding, said, “It was a great day. Everybody was so happy for them. They are such a beautiful couple. Dad missed his stag do lunch because he wasn’t feeling up for it but Doreen had a hen party luncheon, which was a complete laugh with all her golden girls.”
“It is about time my dad finally made an honest woman out of her,” he concluded.
According to Express, George and Doreen met in 1988 soon after George, born June 13, 1912, got a divorce and Doreen of Staplehurst, Kent, lost her husband after 36 years of marriage.
“He used to come to my house. We got on straight away. He liked the roses in my front garden, he was a real smooth talker,” Doreen recalled.
George and Doreen, who got engaged on St. Valentine’s Day after George proposed at dinner, have seven children, 15 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren between them.
“We were having dinner and I asked Doreen if she wanted to be married to me. I was so happy she said yes.”
In place of wedding presents, George and Doreen asked for donations to the Royal Air Forces Association and the Women’s Royal Naval Service respectively.