Letter from the Queen to Ron and Joyce Bond. See SWNS story SWCAcouple; Britain's longest married couple celebrate 81st anniversary - after pals said 'they wouldn't last long' at their wedding. Ron and Joyce Bond, aged 102 and 100, said a bit of "give and take" was the secret of a long-lasting marriage. The pair have seen 15 different Prime Ministers take power since they were wedded in 1941 after a "love at first sight" meeting. Ron and Joyce have laid a claim to the title of Britain's longest married couple. The previous record-holders - Ron and Beryl Golightly from Yorkshire - were married for 80 years before Ron sadly passed away aged 101 in December. Joyce, a former Woolworths worker, said: We never expected to reach 81 years of marriage, we know we are very fortunate to have achieved this amazing goal. "It feels excellent! There is no boss in our relationship, we both give and take. The couple married at Newport Pagnell Registry Office when Ron was 21 and Joyce was 19.