Two 102-year-old Scottish sisters have set the record for being the world's oldest living twins, as announced by Guinness World Records on Tuesday, beating the record set by Lily Millward and Ena Pugh, aged 101, two years ago.
Edith Ritchie and Evelyn 'Evie' Middleton, the new record holders, were born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on Nov. 15, 1909 and set their landmark in November last year. The twins, whose maiden name is Rennie, live at the Bonnyton House care home in Ellon, according to a BBC report. The report also said that neither of them has ever travelled outside the UK.
The twins' mother apparently took care to dress them in similar styles, even though they were not identical, according to another report, in the Daily Mail.
The sisters worked on farms after leaving school, until the time each of them got married and started their own families. Evelyn married William Middleton and Edith married Nathaniel Ritchie. Evelyn had four children, 12 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren. Edith had four children, nine grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great grandchildren.
ANI has quoted the Guinness World Records editor-in-chief, Craig Glenday, as saying Edith and Evelyn are "a remarkable pair".
"They are not just the oldest in the UK, they hold the world title. They have clearly benefited from good genes and a solid lifelong friendship that only twins can truly understand," added Glenday.
"Simple living, hard work and a good husband," said Edith, when asked her secret to a long life.