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Couple together for 80 years with combined age of 208 set Guinness record

There was a chance that the marriage may not have taken place

The couple with extended members of their family. Photo: Guinness Book of World Records

The couple with extended members of their family. Photo: Guinness Book of World Records

The Guinness World Records has just declared a Japanese couple as its oldest living married couple.

Masao Matsumoto, 108, and his 100-year-old blushing bride, Miyako Sonoda, got hitched October 20, 1937, nearly 81 years ago.

Their combined age as of July 25, the day they were visited by Guinness World Records, is a whopping 208 years and 259 days.

The couple has five daughters, ranging in ages from 77 to 66, and 13 grandchildren. Their 25th great-grandchild is expected sometime this month.

The pair wed in 1937, but there was a chance that the marriage may not have taken place. With the intention to hold a wedding, Miyako and her family visited Masao's parents.

When they've arrived, however, Masao had not returned from another region in Japan, leaving Miyako disgruntled as the wedding had to be delayed.

Her soon-to-be husband had actually been paying off his brothers’ debt and had no money to return home. Had this marriage got called off because of this incident, then there would not have been a new Guinness World Record title.

Although the couple is currently the world’s oldest, they have a little more time before they hold the title for the oldest couple ever.

That honour goes to Norwegians Karl and Gudrun Dolven, who had a combined age of 210 years and 65 days when Gudrun passed away in April 2004.

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