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Grandparents Romsey Hampshire see great-granddaughter through window on 60th wedding anniversary

A heartbreaking photo shows an elderly woman gazing through a window at her great-granddaughter as she spends her 60th wedding indoors during the coronavirus lock.

Stanley and Roch Hougham celebrate six decades together today and hoped to celebrate the milestone with their family.

But the couple, who live near Romsey, Hampshire, were forced to cancel their plans two weeks ago after being told to isolate themselves because of their underlying health concerns.

Hougham, 85, has cancer and a heart monitor, while his 82-year-old wife suffers from fibromyalgia with chronic pain syndrome.

After their eldest daughter Tracey died unexpectedly in her sleep just 56 two and a half years ago, the couple was devastated to think of being separated from their family on such an important day.

But they couldn’t control their joy when Tracey’s son Tom, 28, and his wife Stephanie showed up at their house with their one-year-old great-granddaughter Amelie.

An adorable photo shows little Amelie beaming through the window at her great-grandmother Roch and tries to ‘highfive’ her through the glass.

An adorable photo shows Roch Hougham, 82, and her great-granddaughter Amelie greeting each other through a window amid the coronavirus closure on the day of her 60th wedding anniversary

An adorable photo shows Roch Hougham, 82, and her great-granddaughter Amelie greeting each other through a window amid the coronavirus closure on the day of her 60th wedding anniversary

One-year-old Amelie is pictured with her great-grandparents Stan and Roch Hougham, 85 and 82, who have been married for 60 years today

One-year-old Amelie is pictured with her great-grandparents Stan and Roch Hougham, 85 and 82, who have been married for 60 years today

One-year-old Amelie is pictured with her great-grandparents Stan and Roch Hougham, 85 and 82, who have been married for 60 years today

Hougham’s other daughter, Kerry, 56, told MailOnline what a special moment it was.

She said, “It was a complete surprise. It made them so happy. Amelie is like their golden egg.

“They just have the most incredible bond with her, despite the huge age difference.”

Mr. and Mrs. Hougham met at a dance in Winchester in the 1950s and were married on March 26, 1960.

The following year they had their first daughter Tracey, followed by Kerry and their third daughter Rebecca. They have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Tragically, Tracey died in sleep in September 2017.

Mr. and Mrs. Hougham met at a dance in Winchester in the 1950s and were married on March 26, 1960.

Mr. and Mrs. Hougham met at a dance in Winchester in the 1950s and were married on March 26, 1960.

Mr. and Mrs. Hougham met at a dance in Winchester in the 1950s and were married on March 26, 1960.

The lucky couple: Stan and Roch Hougham are pictured on their wedding day in March 1960

The lucky couple: Stan and Roch Hougham are pictured on their wedding day in March 1960

The lucky couple: Stan and Roch Hougham are pictured on their wedding day in March 1960

Kerry said, “It was absolutely tragic. It doesn’t matter how old she was. She was their firstborn.

“There was no rhyme or reason for it. She went to sleep and never woke up. They attribute it to arrhythmia.

“Amelie looks just like Tracey. She kept my mother and father going. It’s like she was sent to relieve some of that pain. She is cute.’

Kerry was delighted to receive the picture of Amelie and her mother Roch this morning.

She added, “I didn’t expect them to go because they also have to isolate because of Amelie, who is only one, and her sister Olivia, who is three.

“But they live just around the corner, so they did it as a surprise.

Amelie 'is one of the two great-grandchildren of the Houghams. Her older sister Olivia is three

Amelie 'is one of the two great-grandchildren of the Houghams. Her older sister Olivia is three

In the photo: Amelie, one

In the photo: Amelie, one

Amelie is one of the two great-grandchildren of the Houghams. Her older sister Olivia is three

“They were playing a game where my mother would put her hand against the glass and so would Amelie, and if she took it away, she would too.”

The Houghams originally planned to host a family tea party to celebrate their 60 years together.

But even though they had to spend it alone, they not only received a visit from their great-granddaughter, they also received a message from Her Majesty.

Kerry said, “When you turn 60, you get a card from the Queen. They got it today.

“They were crying, I think it hit them all. It reminded them who they are missing. ‘

The retirees couldn't contain their joy when Tracey's son Tom, 28, and his wife Stephanie, 25, (pictured with them on their wedding day) showed up at their home with Amelie today

The retirees couldn't contain their joy when Tracey's son Tom, 28, and his wife Stephanie, 25, (pictured with them on their wedding day) showed up at their home with Amelie today

The retirees couldn’t contain their joy when Tracey’s son Tom, 28, and his wife Stephanie, 25, (pictured with them on their wedding day) showed up at their home with Amelie today

Asked about the secret of their long marriage, their daughter added, “They are life partners, they take care of each other.

“They’ve been through so much together in the past two years. My father had a heart attack the year after Tracey died, it clearly took its toll on him.

“But they went through the war, so they are very stoic. My mother is a saint, she still cooks everything from scratch. ‘

Anyone suffering from underlying health conditions or over the age of 70 is told to stay indoors for at least 12 weeks during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Today, there were 9,849 confirmed cases and 477 deaths, with people with compromised immune systems more likely to die from the virus.

Amelie is pictured with her older sister Olivia, three

Amelie is pictured with her older sister Olivia, three

Amelie is pictured with her older sister Olivia, three

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