The secret to longevity is eating two raw eggs a day

She is the world’s last living link to the 19th century. And the secret to her longevity? Three eggs a day, two of them raw, and a little raw minced meat.

Emma Morano, who was born in northern Italy on Nov 29, 1899, is now the world’s oldest person at 116, after the previous holder of the title, Susannah Mushatt Jones, died in New York on Thursday.

Born in Alabama in 1899, Mrs Jones was the last living American whose life began in the 1800s.

The only person in the world who now has a living connection to a century marked by the Crimean War, the unification of Italy and the invention of the internal combustion engine is Mrs Morano.

She lives in a small flat in the town of Verbania, on the shores of Lake Maggiore, close to the Swiss border.