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A CARDIFF couple are celebrating their platinum wedding anniversary just days after the Queen and Prince Philip.

Peggy and Donald Hooper were married on November 29, 1947, in Grangetown, nine days after the royal wedding at Westminster Abbey.

The couple, both 92, celebrated the milestone with a family party at their home near Culverhouse Cross on Wednesday.

"We had a lovely time," Peggy said. "I didn't have to do anything. I just sat in my chair and was waited on so that was nice."

Donald Hooper met Peggy Fitzgerald when they were 18 years old at a dance hall in Grangetown. Peggy said they soon began courting, but were separated when Donald was enlisted in the army, stationed in France.

"While he was over there his ear drums were blown out and he became very deaf," Peggy said.

"He was there for two and a half years but they needed men to work in the gas foundry so he was demobbed."

The couple married when they were 22, and first lived in a small two-room house in Grangetown. But after having their three children - David, Linda and Stephen - Peggy said conditions were becoming too cramped, and the young family moved to a house in Ely.

Donald first retrained as a brick layer and then, in 1977, he began four years of training to become a Presbyterian Church of Wales minister.

"For four years he was away Monday to Friday training in Aberystwyth," Peggy said. "But then he was finally ordained as a minister in Mount Pleasant Church in Ely."

Donald didn't fully retire from the church until he was 80, and the couple remain closely involved to this day.

"I think everyone goes through life and they have problems, we aren't much different to anyone else in that respect," Peggy said.

"But it's our faith that has kept us together and kept us happy. We get so much from our family and from the church so we have been very well blessed."

The couple's celebration was attended by their children, five of their six grandchildren and their seven great-grandchildren.

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Peggy and Donald on their wedding day in November 1947

Peggy and Donald Hooper with their celebratory cake

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Date:Dec 1, 2017
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