Princess Lilian: 1915-2013

Swedes pay respects to Princess Lilian

Swedes pay respects to Princess Lilian
The lying in state of Princess Lilian of Sweden was held on Friday at the Royal Palace in Stockholm, with hundreds of well-wishers turning up to pay their final respects.

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.

IN PICTURES: People at the palace share their thoughts about Princess Lilian

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.

IN PICTURES: Click here for a walk through the life of the Princess

“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.

Oliver Gee

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