After spending Christmas with the family in
2001, Astrid gets sick with influenza and never
fully recovers. On 28th January 2002 she passes
away quietly in her home. The funeral is held on
8th March – International Women’s Day. The
streets of Stockholm are crowded with
thousands of people following the cortege from
Adolf Fredrik’s Church (where the immediate
family take their farewells) to the Great Church
in the Old Town where the official part of the
funeral is held. The funeral service is attended
by the Royal Family and an obituary is read by
the Prime Minister.