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Most senior citizen dies aged 113
Lucy on her 110th birthday
Lucy d'Abreu enjoyed food, books and conversation
The oldest person in the UK has died at the age of 113.

Lucy d'Abreu, who was born in India in 1892, passed away peacefully at a nursing home in Stirling on Wednesday.

Mrs d'Abreu lived through the reigns of six monarchs, the turn of two centuries and almost every major discovery of the modern world.

The great, great grandmother had spent 74 years in Ireland with her surgeon husband, moving to Scotland at the age of 106 to be near one of her children.

Mrs d'Abreu was given the middle name Victoria after the reigning monarch when she was born.

Friends said that until the last she enjoyed food, books and conversation.

She had six children, 13 grandchildren and many great and great, great grandchildren.

She attributed her long life to the grace of God and a "customary sun-downer of brandy and dry ginger ale".

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