Friday, 15 March 2013

Princess Lilian lies in state

There were long queues outside the Royal Palace in Stockholm today as the much-loved Princess Lilian lay in state in the Palace Church, which was open to the public from noon till 3 p.m. The closed coffin, as is the tradition in Northern Europe, was draped in the royal standard and surmounted by Princess Eugénie’s crown. From 4 p.m. family and others with a personal connection to the Princess paid their respects at the lying-in-state. Among them were King Carl Gustaf and Queen Silvia, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel, Prince Carl Philip and his girlfriend Sofia Hellqvist, Princess Madeleine and her fiancé Christopher O’Neill, Princess Birgitta, Princess Margaretha, Princess Christina and Tord Magnuson. The funeral will take place at 1 p.m. tomorrow.

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