Swedish Princess Dies: 5 Things To Know About Princess Lilian, Duchess Of Halland [PHOTOS] [VIDEO]
Swedish princess dies at 97. Read on for the thrilling story of Princess Lilian, who went from British fashion model to secret lover of the Prince Bertil of Sweden to a member of the royal family herself.
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Swedish Prince Dies is the headline booming across the internet late Sunday night (Eastern Time) after new of the 97-year-old duchess's death was reported earlier today.
Swedish Princess dies, but what killed her? She died in Stockhold, sixteen years after her husband's passing. She had suffered from Alzheimer's, and was taken care of by three urses during her final years while remaining at the dead Prince's home in Djurgården, according to The Daily Telegraph.
Read on for five fascinating facts about Lilian, Duchess of Halland that will take you behind the "Swedish Princess Dies" headline:
1) The Swedish princess who died was actually born in Britain. Lillian May Davies was born in South Wales in 1915 to William John Davies and Gladys Mary.
2) Before she died, and before she was a Swedish princess, Lilian was a fashion model for magazines including Vogue. She took the second "L" out of her name to distinguish herself.
3) Before become Swedish Princess, Lilian married a Scottish Actor named Ivan Craig. During World War 2, Craig shipped out to fight in Africa, while Lilian worked at a factory manufacturing radios for the Navy and tending to wounded soldiers in a hospital.
4) When she first met the Swedish Prince Bertil, Duke of Halland at a cocktail party in London they became secret lovers and carried out an affair while she was still married to her first husband. They lived together for 30 years before she finally became the Swedish Princess.
5) After the death of Prince Bertil in 1997, the Swedish Princess carried on for many years before she died. Up until 2010 she represented the royal family, served as protector of a number of organizations, while acting as honorary member of several clubs and societies representing her dead husband's interests.
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