Ron and Joyce Bond is probably the longest marriage in the world. Last week they celebrated their 81 years of marriage, as reported by ExtraCare, the organization to which the residence where they have lived since July 2013 belongs, in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.
Ron, 102, and Joyce, 100, met at Bletchley and were married on January 4, 1941, at the Newport Pagnell Record Office when he was 21 and she was 19. Of that day Joyce remembers that “there were queues of couples since Ron’s section was being sent abroad to help in the war”.
Over the years they had two children, Eileen and Bill. While Ron worked in the shell garage at Bletchley before retiring, Joyce did so at Woolworths supermarket in Queensway.
Joyce assured that the secret for such a lasting relationship is equality. “We did not expect to reach these 81 years of marriage, we are very lucky. There is not one that sends more than the other, we both give and receive”, he indicated. For his part, Ron admits that “sometimes life is hard, but we get through it together.”
congratulations from the queen
Last year, celebrating eight decades of marriage, Ron and Joyce received a congratulations from Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom herself. “How wonderful to hear about your anniversary, I hope you enjoy this wonderful occasion”, then dedicated the monarch.
This year the couple celebrated their anniversary with tea and cake, and received a dedication by popular Scottish broadcaster Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2, at the request of his son, Bill.[display-posts orderby="rand"]
“My parents are a truly inspiring couple, not only for my brother and me, but also for their grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. There is no doubt that in this love story, which has turned the world, the phrase that we hear so many times is applied. Till death do us part!” said his daughter Eileen.
Eileen also recalled a curious anecdote from that distant wedding in 1941. “It was said of them that they would not last longHow can people be so wrong?