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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.

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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

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