In a statement published on the Swedish royal website, King Carl Gustaf has paid tribute to his aunt, Princess Lilian, who died on Sunday evening, describing her as a “much-loved member of our family”, who spread joy and happiness around her, and praising her for her loyalty to the royal family and Sweden.
Court mourning has not been declared, and the state visit of President Abdullah Gül of Turkey, which starts tomorrow, will go ahead as planned (this seems quite odd to me, particularly to have a state banquet 24 hours after the death of a member of the royal house, but it might be that it was simply too late to cancel it).
The bells of the churches in the city of Stockholm will toll in memory of Princess Lilian from 8 a.m. to 8.10 a.m. Monday morning, and flags will be flown at half mast at the royal palaces, the private palaces of Solliden and Stenhammar, the Royal Mews and the royal court’s building at Slottsbacken 2 until the Princess has been buried (the date has not yet been set). However, the Royal Palace in Stockholm will fly the flag at full mast from 11 a.m. on Monday until the end of the Turkish state visit on Wednesday evening.
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