Swedes pay respects to Princess Lilian
15 Mar 2013, 16:07
Published: 15 Mar 2013 16:07 GMT+01:00
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The queues stretched long to see the lying in state of the British-born Princess Lilian, who died on the weekend at the age of 97.
Some well-wishers cried openly inside the inside the palace church (Slottskyrkan).
"It shows how well liked she was, among both young and old," church warden Lars Lifvendahl told the TT news agency.
In the church, the Princess’s coffin was draped in a Swedish flag with Princess Eugénie's crown resting on top. Surrounding it, six guards were standing at attention.
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Attendees could approach the coffin to pay their respects, with many opting to simply sit in the church pews for a few moments of quiet reflection.
Outside the palace, well-wishers shared their reflections on the life of the miner's daughter who became Swedish royalty's grand old lady.
"She was a charming woman; she wasn’t posh at all in the public eye, and was a real lady," Stockholm resident Birgitta Larsson told The Local.
"She was well-dressed and sophisticated too, just like Princess Diana. And at 97 years old, she was like a grandmother to the whole Swedish royal family."
The princess will be buried on Saturday.