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Britain's last living link to Victorian era dies at the age of 114

A 114-year-old woman, who is believed to have been the last person in Britain born when Queen Victoria was on the throne, has died.

Ethel Lang, who was Britain's older person, has died at the age of 114. Credit: Family/ITV News

Ethel Lang, who spent her whole life in Barnsley, was born in May 1900 to Charles and Sarah Lancaster. She left school at 13 and became a seamstress in Sugden's shirt factory.

Three years after Mrs Lang was born the first aeroplane took to the skies. Credit: ITV News

She married plumber William Lang in 1922 and they had a daughter called Margaret in 1923 who is still alive. Longevity runs in the family as her own mother lived to the age of 91, and her great-grandmother until 92.

During her life Mrs Lang witness the invention of radio and then television. Credit: ITV News

During Mrs Lang's lifetime several historic events took place including the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, the start of two World Wars; man walking on the moon in 1969; and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

She also witnessed the birth of radio, television and the Internet.

Queen Victoria was on the throne when Ethel Lang was born in 1900. Credit: ITV News

Mrs Lang lived independently until the age of 105 when she moved into a nursing home, Water Royd House.

Her daughter Margaret said she was a keen dancer until the age of 107 and also "loved snooker and used to listen to it on the radio" after she lost her sight.

ITV News correspondent Damon Green reports on Britain's last Victorian: