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Nearly 47 years of bliss: Bert Newton and Patti Newton's love story in pictures

This Australian power couple's relationship was rock-solid.

By Alex Lilly
They were Australia's golden couple and with 46 years of marriage under their belts, Bert, who tragically died in October aged 83, and Patti Newton, 77, proved to be more in love every day.
Bert's death came just days before the couple were due to celebrate their 47th wedding anniversary on November 9th.
Bert first met the then Patti McGrath when the two of them were radio child stars and then moved on to work together at Channel Seven.
The pair stayed in contact throughout their teens and twenties with Patti even inviting Bert to her 21st birthday party before moving to the UK to further her career. It was then that Bert knew that Patti was The One.
Patti and Bert Newton were dedicated to one another for almost 47 years. (Getty)
"I was working on the QE11 in 1974 43 years ago. Bert surprised me and got on board and asked me to marry him. A wonderful Australia Day and the best thing I ever did xx," she penned on Instagram in 2017.
Since their wedding day, Bert and Patti welcomed two children, Lauren, 40, and Matthew, 44, and six grandchildren but at the core of it, they were each others' rocks.
"We lived and worked everything that was happening on television, we've spent a lot of time together. If anything happens to either of us, whichever one it is will find it very difficult because we've been in one another's pockets for well over 50 years," Patti tells Now To Love.
That's not to say they haven't endured their fair share of heartache.
Not only has their son Matthew long battled his own demons, but Bert had a number of health scares including quadruple bypass surgery, a nasty bout of pneumonia in April 2017, and many hospitalisations. Just months before his death, the veteran entertainer underwent a leg amputation following an aggressive infection on his toe which wouldn't clear up.
But despite the ups and downs that come with marriage, the two proved to be one one of the most dedicated couples in the country.
"Patti is my oldest friend," Bert told Now To Love at the 2018 Logie Awards.
So what was their secret? Patti has previously revealed that it's time apart.
"I think we have a great relationship because we're not always in each other's pocket," she told Woman's Day in 2015.
And the ability to laugh together, and at one another.
"I think you have to have a good sense of humour, that's something I do have, I'm always ribbing him about something. I know that he doesn't do the dishwasher very well, but the reason I know that is because if he did do it well, I'd ask him to do it more," Patti laughs.
Speaking at Bert's state funeral, Victorian Premier Dan Andrews spoke warmly of their romance.
"Bert's partnership with Patti was everything. Both formidable talents, both deeply in love. Theirs is a story for the ages," he said.
"Bert and Patti were partners in every way. Husband and wife, parents and grandparents, best friends, entertainers, performers and soul mates."
During his eulogy, Eddie Maguire remarked: "Patti, you shared your husband with us all. Your highs and your lows, your family, Matthew and Lauren, your grandchildren who filled Bert's last few years with love and joy. There would always have been a Bert but he was enhanced so much by his Patti."
As friends, family and friends farewell Bert at his state funeral, we're looking back at his and Patti's beautiful love story in pictures.

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