R.I.P. PRINCESS LILIAN OF SWEDEN (1915-2013)

Princess Lilian, the widow of Prince Bertil of Sweden, died on March 10, 2013 at the age of 97.  Her romance with Prince Bertil, a great-grandson of Queen Victoria, and third son of King Gustav VI Adolf of Sweden, captured the imagination of the Swedish people.  The couple met in 1943 and soon a romance developed between the glamorous Welsh model and Swedish prince.  Lilian’s status as a commoner, a married woman, and later a divorcee, precluded her from being an acceptable wife for Prince Bertil.  Born Lilian Davies in Swansea, Wales in 1913, the woman who was to become Bertil’s wife had to wait until 1976 before marrying.  By then, Prince Bertil’s nephew, King Carl XVI Gustaf, had married the German-born commoner, Silvia Sommerlath.  King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia attended Bertil and Lilian’s wedding.  The couple, who had no children,  remained married until Prince Bertil’s death in 1997.  The elegant Princess Lilian, who was a well-loved member of the Swedish royal family, was for years, often seen at the side of the king and queen during the Nobel Prize ceremonies in Stockholm.  Photos by Corbis.

Married at last: the 1976 wedding of Lilian and Bertil, here in a photo with King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia

Married at last: the 1976 wedding of Lilian and Bertil, here in a photo with King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia

Queen Silvia and Princess Lilian

Queen Silvia and Princess Lilian

Princess Lilian takes a photo of her husband, Prince Bertil, in 1988

Princess Lilian takes a photo of her husband, Prince Bertil, in 1988

In 2004, Princess Lilian with Crown Princess Victoria and her brother, Prince Carl Philip

In 2004, Princess Lilian with Crown Princess Victoria and her brother, Prince Carl Philip

Princess Lilian in 2003

Princess Lilian in 2003

The Swedish royal family attend the 2006 Nobel Prize ceremonies

The Swedish royal family attend the 2006 Nobel Prize ceremonies

Princess Lilian with her nephew, King Carl XVI Gustaf at the Nobel Prize ceremonies in 2005

Princess Lilian with her nephew, King Carl XVI Gustaf at the Nobel Prize ceremonies in 2005

Princess Lilian in 1999 with Crown Princess Victoria, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Prince Carl Philip and Queen Silvia

Princess Lilian in 1999 with Crown Princess Victoria, King Carl XVI Gustaf, Prince Carl Philip and Queen Silvia

Princess Lilian and Prince Bertil in the mid1990s

Princess Lilian and Prince Bertil in the mid1990s

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