Princess Lilian has Alzheimer’s Disease

  June 4, 2010 at 3:08 am by

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The Swedish Royal Court has revealed that Princess Lilian, the 94-year-old widow of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s uncle Prince Bertil, has Alzheimer’s Disease.

It was revealed to newspaper Aftonbladet by Elisabeth Palmstierna, the Marshall of the Court. “Lilian is very tired… She is old and frail,” Palmstierna said; also confirming that Princess Lilian will not be attending the June 19th wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and Daniel Westling.

The Princess has not had much luck with her health in recent years, being rushed to hospital in February 2009 after a fall. She also underwent a hip replacement the previous summer.

Alzheimer’s “destroys brain cells, causing memory loss and problems with thinking and behaviour severe enough to affect work, lifelong hobbies or social life”, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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One Response to Princess Lilian has Alzheimer’s Disease

  1. Lady Meg says:

    That’s awful to hear. My grandmother died of this disease — they do have medications to slow the disease but no cure yet — it really does affect those around the diagnosed person. Good wishes and prayers go out to the family. I know how hard it can be.

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