Retired Anglican Archbishop and Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Desmond Tutu, and his wife Leah renew their wedding vows, marking 60 years of marriage.
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA (JULY 2, 2015) (ENCA) – Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu and his wife of 60 years, Leah Tutu, renewed their wedding vows at a heartfelt ceremony in Cape Town on Thursday (July 2).
The retired Anglican Archbishop and his wife renewed their vows in front of their daughter, Priest Mpho Tuto, and a full congregation at St. George’s Cathedral. Amongst the guests was the last apartheid President Frederick Willem De Klerk.
The couple, who married in 1955, were vocal opponents of apartheid and have campaigned against a variety of issues, including HIV, poverty, racism and homophobia.
Tutu was the first black Archbishop of Cape Town. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his role in attempting to unify South Africa under apartheid.
Under former South African President Nelson Mandela, Tutu was appointed as chairman of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the body charged with examining the human rights abuses of the apartheid years.
After renewing their vows, Tutu said everything he had achieved in life was due to his wife Leah.
“Granny, thank you very much, thank you very much because I would not be anywhere near, what God got to make me without you. I owe all that I am to you and God was very good to give you to me,” said an emotional Tutu.
Desmond Tutu married Leah, a teacher, in 1955 after they met at King’s College London.