Queen Victoria's last-surviving subject dies aged 114


Blackleaf
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Britain’s last living person born under the reign of Queen Victoria has died aged 114.

Ethel Lang, who was born in 1900, lived to see six monarchs and 22 prime ministers. When she was born, the Tory Prime Minister Robert Gascoyne-Cecil was in power.

Her main hobby was dancing, which she enjoyed until she turned 98, despite being registered blind. She was also a keen snooker fan, an “excellent seamstress” and a good cook, making her own bread and always eating wholesome food.

She is likely to have put her longevity down to her good health. She never smoked and rarely touched alcohol.

Her daughter Margaret Bates, who is aged 91 , paid tribute to her sharp, independent mother, saying "how wonderful it is I had a mum for so long in my life."


Britain's oldest person Ethel Lang dies aged 114

UK's longest-surviving person - the last living subject of Queen Victoria - dies in Barnsley nursing home


Ethel Lang lived through two World Wars, six British monarchs and 22 Prime Ministers in her long lifetime Photo: Ross Parry Agency / rossparry.co


By Victoria Ward
16 Jan 2015
The Telegraph

Britain’s last living person born under the reign of Queen Victoria has died aged 114.

Ethel Lang, who was born in 1900, lived to see six monarchs and 22 prime ministers.

Her main hobby was dancing, which she enjoyed until she turned 98, despite being registered blind. She was also a keen snooker fan, an “excellent seamstress” and a good cook, making her own bread and always eating wholesome food.

She is likely to have put her longevity down to her good health. She never smoked and rarely touched alcohol.

Her daughter Margaret Bates, 91, paid tribute to her sharp, independent mother, saying "how wonderful it is I had a mum for so long in my life."

She added: "She was such a good mum. I'm so proud of her. I have so many wonderful memories of being with my mother.

“She was registered blind in 1988 but it never stemmed her enthusiasm for life, even in her later years.

"I would take her into town and she would ask me to point things like buildings and landmarks out to her. She hated to be stuck indoors.

"She used to take coins and rub round the sides of them to remember what they looked like and she would often have the snooker on in the background - she'd know everything that was going on."

Mrs Bates said her mother “loved all kinds of dancing”, which she enjoyed until she broke her hip at the age of 98. However, she still managed to dance at her 106th birthday.

Mrs Lang was born in Barnsley and lived in the South Yorkshire town all her life.


Margaret Bates, William Lang, and Ethel Lang aged 27 in 1927

The youngest daughter of miner Charles Lancaster and his wife Sarah, Mrs Lang was born when Queen Victoria was still on the throne and the Marquess of Salisbury was Prime Minister.

She left school at 13 to work in a shirt factory and married her husband, William, a plumber, in 1922.

One year later, the couple celebrated the birth of their daughter, Margaret.

Mr Lang died in 1988 aged 92 and his widow managed to live independently until 2005, when at the age of 105 she moved into the Water Royd House nursing home in Barnsley.

A spokesman confirmed she had died there on Thursday.

Genetics appeared to be on Ethel’s side. Her mother lived to 91 and relatives who have traced the family tree found ancestors dating back to the 1700s who all lived long lives.


Ethel Lang aged 20

Last year, Mrs Lang celebrated her 114th birthday with a piece of cake and a cup of tea with her family and friends. She was said to be the eighth oldest person in the world.

According to a list of super-centenarians maintained by the Gerontology Research Group, Gladys Hooper, 111, of the Isle of Wight, is now Britain's oldest person. Born in 1903, she will be 112 on Sunday.

The oldest person in the world is thought to be Misao Okawa, a Japanese woman who celebrated her 116th birthday last March.


1900: The year Ethel Lang was born


Second Boer War : Boers attack the town of Ladysmith, South Africa, killing over 1,000 people.

The British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans purchases the land on Crete on which the ruins of the palace of Knossos stand. He begins to unearth some of the palace three days later.

A coal mine explosion in West Virginia , USA kills 50 miners and an explosion of blasting powder in a coalmine in Scofield, Utah , USA kills 200.

Second Boer War : The British Army relieves the Siege of Mafeking .

Britain proclaims a protectorate over Tonga and annexes the Orange Free State as the Orange River Colony .

The Boxer Rebellion takes place in China.

The Reichstag approves a second law that allows the expansion of the Imperial German Navy .

Philippine–American War : Filipino resistance fighters defeat a large American column in the Battle of Pulang Lupa .

Herbert Kitchener succeeds Frederick Roberts as commander-in-chief of the British forces in South Africa and implements a scorched earth strategy.

Max Planck announces his discovery of the law of black body emission, marking the birth of quantum physics .



The six monarchs on the throne in Ethel Lang's lifetime:

Victoria: reigned 1837-1901
Edward VII: reigned 1901-1910
George V: reigned 1910-1936
Edward VIII: reigned 1936
George VI: reigned 1936-1952
Elizabeth II: reigned 1952-present


And the 22 Prime Ministers:

Robert Gascoyne-Cecil: 1895-1902
Arthur Balfour: 1902-1905
Henry Campbell-Bannerman: 1905-1908
Herbert Asquith: 1908-1915
David Lloyd George: 1916-1922
Andrew Bonar Law: 1922-1923
Stanley Baldwin: 1923-1924 and 1924-1929 and 1935
Ramsay MacDonald: 1924 and 1929-1931
Neville Chamberlain: 1937-1940
Winston Churchill: 1940-1945 and 1951-1955
Clement Attlee: 1945-1951
Anthony Eden: 1955-1957
Harold Macmillan: 1957-1963
Alec Douglas-Home: 1963-1964
Harold Wilson: 1964-1970 and 1974-1976
Edward Heath: 1970-1974
James Callaghan: 1976-1979
Margaret Thatcher: 1979-1990
John Major: 1990-1997
Tony Blair: 1997-2007
Gordon Brown: 2007-2010
David Cameron: 2010-present






Britain's oldest person Ethel Lang dies aged 114 - Telegraph
Last edited by Blackleaf; Jan 16th, 2015 at 11:54 AM..
 
MHz
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Always a good combination, I'll be sure to donate my table to the CNIB when I die.

" despite being registered blind. She was also a keen snooker fan"
 
Spade
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I am surprised she didn't take up photography or landscape painting after she lost her sight.

Now she's died, will Brits still sing "Auld Lang's Blind" on New Year's Eve?
 
MHz
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Nothing like the sound of peasants in the garden doing back-breaking work for a penny a day in wages. That would be called the 'scramble' at the end of the day when the 1 penny was let loose amongst all the gardeners.

Followed by 'Camp Town Ladies'
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

Always a good combination, I'll be sure to donate my table to the CNIB when I die.

" despite being registered blind. She was also a keen snooker fan"

...........As well as a race car driver, and heart surgeon.

She was very beautiful at age 20.

Yay Ethel
 
MHz
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We all are at 20.
 
Nuggler
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Quote: Originally Posted by MHz View Post

We all are at 20.

I was ugly as a hedge fence.
 
Blackleaf
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A slight correction. Baldwin's third term in office was from 1935-1937.