By Lara Keay For Mailonline
Published: 17:07 BST, 16 May 2019 | Updated: 17:24 BST, 16 May 2019
A 65-year-old mayor donned his robe and chains as he proposed to his 49-year-old girlfriend at his inauguration, declaring his hometown is the 'city of love'.
Councillor William Routley got down on one knee and popped the question to his long-term partner Alison Robbins as he was sworn of as mayor of Newport, South Wales on Tuesday.
Wearing his traditional red robe and gold chains he asked her: 'As the first citizen, and you are indeed and always have been my first lady, my love, would you do me the honour of entering into the time honoured tradition of engagement?'
Ms Robbins beamed with tears of joy in her eyes and replied: 'Yes I will.'
Councillor William Routley, 65, got down on one knee and popped the question to his long-term partner Alison Robbins, 498, as he was