Ethel Lang aged 112

Oldest person in the UK: Ethel Lang

Ethel Lang (née Lancaster, born 27 May 1900) of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, is an English supercentenarian. At the age of 114, Lang is the oldest living person in the United Kingdom following the death of 113-year-old Grace Jones on 14 November 2013.

Ethel was born to miner Charles Lancaster and his wife Sarah at Worsborough Dale, and is the only living subject of Queen Victoria. In 1922 she married William Lang, a plumber, at St Mary's Church, Barnsley. Their daughter Margaret was born the following year in 1923. Ethel lived independently until she was 105, when she moved into a care home. She enjoyed dancing up to the age of 107.

Oldest living men and women by country

The oldest woman living in England and the UK is Ethel Lang, born 27 May 1900.
The oldest man living in England and the UK was born 30 November 1904.
The oldest woman living in Scotland is Italian-born Maria Lazzeri, born 15 March 1904.
The oldest man living in Scotland is Alf Smith, born 29 March 1908.
The oldest woman living in Wales was born in May 1905.
The oldest man living in Wales is Englishman Sam Ledward, born 9 November 1906. The oldest living Welshman is Geoffrey Davies, born 12 November 1906.
The oldest woman living in Northern Ireland is English-born Cordelia Rimmington, born 10 May 1907.
The oldest man living in Northern Ireland is unknown after the death of Cyril Quigley, 5 February 1907 - 25 April 2013.
The oldest woman living in the Isle of Man is unknown after the death of Doris Watkins, 25 November 1902 - 11 November 2011.
The oldest man living in the Isle of Man is unknown after the death of John Askam Twibell, 30 March 1904 - 14 January 2011.
The oldest woman living in the Channel Islands is unknown after the death of Eunice Laine, 28 August 1904 - 30 October 2012.
The oldest living twins in the UK are Florence Davies and Glenys Thomas (born 22 November 1911).