Tributes as Swansea-born Princess Lilian of Sweden dies aged 97
SWANSEA-BORN Princess Lilian of Sweden has died at the age of 97.
Her romance with husband Prince Bertil after they met in London during World War Two became one of Sweden's best known love stories.
Lilian was brought up in Swansea's Garden Street, which was demolished to make way for the Quadrant.
Her father, William John Davies, kept a stall in the market. She worked at a laundry behind the Patti Pavilion before going to London to work as a maid and then pursued a career as a model.
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She was married to actor Ivan Craig when she met Bertil in 1943, later becoming divorce from him.
As a divorcee the Swedish Royal Family refused to welcome her, so they had to keep their relationship discreet.
It was only in 1976, when Bertil's nephew Karl Gustav was crowned, that they were finally able to marry.
Three years ago it was confirmed she had Alzheimer's disease.
The couple were childless. Prince Bertil died in 1997.
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt has paid tribute to Princess Lilian, saying: "A much loved and appreciated member of the royal family has now passed away."