A KINGSWINFORD couple who tied the knot during the same year as Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation have celebrated a huge milestone as the country prepares to crown a new King this year.

Samuel and Margaret Green, who wed in 1953 just months before Queen Elizabeth was crowned, celebrated their platinum wedding anniversary on March 21...just weeks ahead of the coronation of King Charles III.

The couple, known to friends and family as Geoff and June, married at Himley Church and had their reception at The Crooked House public house where Geoff’s father was landlord at that time.

Dudley News: Geoff and June Green on their wedding day on March 21 1953Geoff and June Green on their wedding day on March 21 1953 (Image: Anthony Green)

After tying the knot, they lived in Stourbridge and later Wordsley before settling in their present home in Summer Street, Kingswinford in 1962.

Geoff, aged 93, and June, aged 89, have three children – Jacqueline, Anthony and Angela - and five grandchildren - Richard, Colin, Daniel, Eleanor and Geoffrey.

Geoff was a master carpenter all his working life as well as being an on-call handyman for many friends and neighbours over the years.

June managed to fit in her job as a cleaner among her family roles as a daughter – caring for her parents who lived next door, wife, mother and devoted grandmother.

Son Anthony said his mom and dad have put their long and successful marriage down to tolerance, teamwork and understanding each other.

The couple celebrated their milestone anniversary with family and they also received a card from the new King Charles III, having received cards from the Monarch’s mother Queen Elizabeth II to mark their 60th and 65th anniversaries.

Dudley News: June and Geoff Green on their 70th wedding anniversaryJune and Geoff Green on their 70th wedding anniversary (Image: Anthony Green)

Anthony said: “It’s quite an achievement to have had cards off the Queen and a King.”

He added: "Mom and dad had a lovely time with visits from friends and grandchildren. The highlight being a surprise visit from dad’s two sisters, brother and his partner. Dad’s sister Mary had been a bridesmaid at the wedding.

"There was plenty of reminiscing and laughter, including a cake cutting ceremony."