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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.
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.
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:
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 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.