The Prince visited Ayrshire Hospice on the day Christine and George Milne celebrated their special day at the facility, where they both volunteer

Ayr couple celebrate diamond wedding anniversary in style as they meet Prince Charles
The Prince visited Ayrshire Hospice on the day Christine and George Milne celebrated their special day at the facility, where they both volunteer.

Receiving a letter from the Queen was only the beginning for an inspirational Ayr couple as they got the chance to shake hands with Prince Charles on their diamond wedding anniversary.

Christine and George Milne celebrated their special day at the Ayrshire Hospice — where they both volunteer — and their landmark day coincided with a Royal visit to the facility, with the couple being greeted by the Prince surrounded by their friends, colleagues and fellow members of the Hospice.

Christine, 83, met George, 87, when she was working as a nurse at Ballochmyle Hospital in Mauchline and the pair found a spark in the ward when George suffered from a bad case of appendicitis..

After meeting Prince Charles on his visit to the Hospice in December, George said: “It was a wonderful day.

“I was telling Prince Charles this wasn’t the first we’d heard from royalty today as we received a letter from his mum, the Queen, that very morning!”

Christine added: “Meeting the Prince was fantastic — what a gentleman he was. It was definitely a day I will never forget.”

The couple first got chatting over the 10 days George, originally, from Cumnock, was in hospital. And after being discharged, he couldn’t resist picking up the phone and calling Christine to invite her out to dinner.

Soon after, they held a Christmas wedding at Wallacetown Church in Ayr on December 21,1956, moving to Auchinleck before settling in Ayr, where George worked at Glaisnock House School and Belmont Academy as a biology teacher, while Christine spent her days nursing throughout Ayrshire.

The retired couple now prove how much love they have to give as they work as volunteers at the Hospice, greeting patients, family and friends and giving support wherever they can.

And Christine took care of the first ever patient to enter the Racecourse Road facility in 1989 with George by her side.

Of their special day, Christine said: “We couldn’t think of a better way to spend our day together, along with our friends at the Ayrshire Hospice. It’s incredible to look back over the years we’ve spent helping people here, so to celebrate this alongside our wedding anniversary was very special to us.

“I have to thank the Hospice for their kindness and for allowing George and I to continue helping as many people as we can.

“There is no great secret behind a happy marriage. It can be hard work but it’s so rewarding.

“Marriage has been a wonderful journey with my best friend by my side. The years just fly by and sometimes it feels like yesterday when we first met.

“George was studying at Aberdeen University at the time, so when he got in touch I was pleasantly surprised.

“I am so thankful to have him in my life. You can say we’ve been taking care of each other ever since we met.

“We have a lot of love to give and we’ve loved working at the Hospice over the years. The staff and volunteers are amazing people and I couldn’t think of a better place to spend our special day.”

The couple live in Ayr and have two daughters, Anne and Pauline, and two grandchildren, Claire, 24, and Paul, 21.

Source: dailyrecord co uk

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