Funeral for Welsh-born Princess

A funeral has been held for the Welsh-born Princess Lilian of Sweden, who died at the age of 97 on March 10. She never married her partner of 33 years, Prince Bertil, as it would have deprived him of his place in the succession.

Funeral held for Welsh-born Princess Liliane of Sweden

The funeral of the Welsh-born Princess Liliane of Sweden is being held today in the capital Stockholm.

Lillian May Davies was born in Swansea in 1915 and met Prince Bertil, the third son of the King of Sweden, in London during the Second World War.

The pair shared a 33-year romance but never married because as it would have deprived the prince of his place in the succession.

Members of the Royal Guard carry the coffin of Sweden's British-born Princess Lilian Credit: REUTERS/Maja Suslin/Scanpix

A funeral service was held in the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace of Stockholm in her honour.

Princess Liliane died on Sunday at the age of 97.

Members of the Royal Guard hold wreaths in the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace of Stockholm
Members of the Royal Guard hold wreaths in the Royal Chapel of the Royal Palace of Stockholm Credit: REUTERS/Jonas Ekstromer/Scanpix

Read more about Princess Liliane here.

Princess Lillian of Sweden dies aged 97

HRH Princess Lilian of Sweden has died aged 97.

She was born Lillian May Davies in Swansea on August 30 1915. Moving to London in her teens, she took on various careers including modelling, dancing and singing.

In 1943 she met Prince Bertil, the third son of the King of Sweden. They chose not to marry as it would have deprived the prince of his place in the succession, so the couple lived together discreetly.

ITV News' Lucrezia Millarini looks back at her life:

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One of Sweden's best-known love stories

Princess Lilian’s decades-long love story with the king's uncle was one of Sweden's best-known love stories.

She died yesterday aged 97 after an eventful life:

  • Born in Swansea, she moved to London at 16 to embark on a career as a model and an actress
  • She showcased hats and gloves in commercials
  • She met Prince Bertil in 1943 during WWII – he was stationed at the Swedish Embassy in the London as a naval attaché
  • His obligations to the throne and Lilian's status as a divorced commoner prevented them from making their love public
  • In 1976, some 33 years after they first met, they were finally given approval to get married

Swedish Prime Minister pays tribute to Princess Lilian

Princess Lilian
The Royal Palace says Lilian died on Sunday. Credit: AP Photo/Henrik Montgomery

Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has paid tribute to Princess Lilian of Sweden, who passed away yesterday aged 97.

The Welsh-born actress married Prince Bertil in her 60s after finally receiving the king’s blessing – the pair first met in London during World War II when she was 28.

Reinfeldt said that a "much loved and appreciated member of the royal family has now passed away".

Prince Bertil's father, King Gustaf VI Adolf, had refused to allow the couple to get married because she was commoner and divorcee.