10 March 2013

Princess Lilian of Sweden has died

The Swedish Royal Court announced today the death of Princess Lilian of Sweden, Duchess of Halland, née Davies. She died at her home Villa Solbacken at Djurgården in Stockholm today, 10 March 2013, 97 years old.

Lilian May Davies, b. at Swansea, Wales on 30 August 1915 as the daughter of William John Davies and Gladys Mary Davies, née Curran, was married to King Carl XVI Gustaf's uncle Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland (1912-1997), on 7 December 1976.

A biography of Princess Lilian can be read at the Royal Court's official website. See also The Local (Thelocal.se), Dagens Nyheter (DN.se), Svenska Dagbladet (Svd.se), Expressen.se (which includes Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's condolences) and Aftonbladet.se (the latter four newspapers in Swedish).

The funeral service will take place at the Palace Church (date to be announced later), followed by interment at the Royal Burial Ground at Haga in Solna outside Stockholm.

Photo: © Kungahuset.se. The photo was taken at Princess Lilian's 90th birthday. The photographer was Claes Göran Carlsson.

Updated: MOnday 11 March 2013 at 12:15 (minor mistake corrected).

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