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Veliky Novgorod Registers Oldest Marriage in 8 Years

An elderly Russian woman gave a whole new meaning to the saying "it's never too late" recently, tying the knot at the age of 92.

Officials in the northwestern city of Veliky Novgorod announced the marriage on Thursday, saying it was the first of its kind in at least eight years.

"This year, we have registered the marriage of two people of a very advanced age … This is extremely rare," a spokesperson for the city administration said in comments carried by Interfax.

Though the groom's precise age is unknown, he is believed to be about as old as his bride, Interfax reported.

According to the city's registry office, over the first six months of 2014, a total of 993 marriages were recorded. The youngest bride was 15 and the youngest groom was 17.

The elderly couple in Veliky Novgorod was not old enough to break the world record, however. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the oldest groom in the world was 103, and the oldest bride 102.

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