Welsh-born princess dies

Princess Lilian of Sweden, who was born in Wales, has died at age of 97. She met Sweden's Prince Bertil in London during the Second World War, although they did not marry until 1976.

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Sweden 'truly sad' at Princess Lilian's death

News of Princess Lilian's death has been prominent in Swedish bulletins. Credit: Sveriges Television (SVT)

Princess Lilian's death has been met with a great deal of sadness in Sweden, where she was a central member of the royal family.

Sweden's Foreign Minister Carl Bildt took to Twitter to say: "We feel truly sad for passing away of Princess Lilian. She was a most pleasant and truly wise person. She served her family and Sweden."

Swedish English-language news website The Local described her as "much loved", and "the grand old lady of the Swedish royal family".

Website 'The Local' paid glowing tribute to Princess Lilian. Credit: http://www.thelocal.se/


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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

Lilian - the Welsh commoner who became Swedish royalty

Princess Lilian had suffered from Alzheimer's Disease in recent years Credit: Press Association

Princess Lilian and Prince Bertil finally married in 1976, following a relationship of more than thirty years.

Bertil's father, King Gustaf VI Adolf, had ordered him to abstain from marrying commoner Lilian.

The couple were finally give royal approval to marry by King Carl XVI Gustaf, who took the throne in 1976.

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