Kingston celebrating her 112th birthday in 2021
|Birth:||1 February 1909|
Farnborough, England, UK
|Age:||112 years, 134 days|
Gertrude Annie Kingston (born 1 February 1909) is a British supercentenarian whose age is currently unvalidated by the Gerontology Research Group. She is currently the second-oldest living person in the United Kingdom, after Lilian Priest.
Kingston was born in Farnborough, Hampshire, England, on 1 February 1909. One of her earliest memories is her father leaving to fight in World War I. Her father was killed in 1917 after making his way out of the trenches in order to pay a visit to home.
As a young adult, Kingston learned to play the violin and the cello. In 1954, she started working for the School of Military Survey, where she met her future husband, Ernie Kingston. The couple were married for 23 years from February 1960 until Ernie's death in April 1983.
Kingston was a member of the Women’s Institute for much of her life, and for many years she typed out the newsletter for her village. In 2009, at the age of 100, she moved into a residential home in Woolton Hill, Hampshire, England. She became a supercentenarian in February 2019. Kingston has been the second-oldest living person in the United Kingdom since the death of Joan Hocquard on 24 October 2020.
On 23 January 2021, Kingston received her first dose of the Oxford–AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. She celebrated her 112th birthday nine days later on 1 February.
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