Van Andel-Schipper celebrates 114th birthday
29 June 2004 , AMSTERDAM − Officially the oldest person in the world, Dutch woman Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper celebrated her 114th birthday on Tuesday at the Hoogeveen nursing home where she lives.
29 June 2004
AMSTERDAM − Officially the oldest person in the world, Dutch woman Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper celebrated her 114th birthday on Tuesday at the Hoogeveen nursing home where she lives.
A spokeswoman for nursing home De Westerkim said Van Andel-Schipper was looking forward to her birthday. Residents of Hoogeveen have been asked to hang the Dutch flag from their homes in honour of their world-famous town resident.
Hoogeveen Mayor Willem Urlings, Drenthe Queen's Commissioner Relus ter Beek and a delegation of Van Andel-Schipper's beloved Ajax were due to visit Van Andel-Schipper on Tuesday, news agency ANP reported.
The nursing home is also organising a reception and Van Andel-Schipper − who is said to be in good health − is scheduled to give a press conference later in the day.
Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper was born on 29 June 1890 and officially became the world's oldest person at the start of June when a 114-year-old Puerto Rican woman died on 29 May.
In the weeks that followed, journalists have uncovered two women who are reportedly older than Van Andel-Schipper. One of them is reportedly 116 and lives in Belarus, while the other is alleged to be age 126 and lives in southern Lebanon.
But an RTL News said due on Tuesday to the fact that Van Andel-Schipper possesses original birth documents dating back to 1890, she is officially considered the world's oldest person. She is also believed to be the oldest Dutch person ever.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news