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Swansea tributes Princess Lilian
Mar 12, 2013, 12:02 GMT
Swansea has paid tribute to Princess Lilian of Sweden.
The Welsh-born royal - who passed away at her home in Stockholm on Sunday (10.03.13), aged 97 - has been heralded as one of the city's 'most famous daughters'.
Swansea mayor Dennis James said the princess, who was born Lilian Davies in 1915, was 'proud of her Swansea links' despite moving to Sweden with her lover Prince Bertil, and claimed she had raised the city's profile abroad.
He said: 'This is a time both to mourn her passing and celebrate her 97-year life.
'Princess Lilian was one of Swansea's most famous daughters. Despite moving to London as a 16-year-old and then to Sweden, she remained proud of her Swansea links and this helped raise the city's profile across Scandinavia and the rest of the world.
'On behalf of the city and county of Swansea, I'd like to send my condolences to her family and friends.
Other prominent Welsh politicians also paid tribute to the princess, hailing her 'rags to riches' story - which saw her go from being an ordinary British civilian to meeting the Prince in 1943 and secretly living with him until they eventually married in 1976. They remained together until the prince's death in 1997.
Former Swansea MP Lord Donald Anderson told the Daily Mirror newspaper: 'It is a real rags to riches story - a fairytale, just like Cinderella. She came from a tough part of Swansea, an area which is no longer there after a slum clearance. But she went from being known as Lil to becoming a royal princess.
'She was extremely popular in Sweden. She was very down to earth.'
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