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Oldest Brussels resident turns 110

15:51 06/02/2018

Elisabeth De Proost celebrated her 110th birthday on Tuesday, making her the oldest resident of Brussels. In fact, she was the oldest resident on 6 February last year, too.

De Proost (pictured) lives in the Ten Prins rest home in Anderlecht, which threw her a party this afternoon. Both Anderlecht mayor Eric Thomas and Monique Cassart, the city councillor in charge of civil registration, were in attendance.

De Proost, born in 1908, is still in good health, according to her daughter. She worked as an accountant for many years and lived on her own until she was 106 – in a second floor flat without a lift.

According to Ten Prins director Marc Van Houtvin, she adapted very well to the transition to the rest home and has made many friends there. “When I see her, I have a hard time believing that she’s 110,” he said.

Written by Lisa Bradshaw