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 Saturday, 4 January, 2003, 16:25 GMT
Egyptian princess laid to rest
The princess' body is carried in a coffin
The princess was laid to rest beside her father
The body of Princess Fadia, daughter of the penultimate monarch of Egypt, has been laid to rest in Cairo.

Fadia, who died in Switzerland last week aged 59 - of natural causes according to Swiss medical records - was the youngest daughter of Egyptian King Faruq, who was overthrown in the Egyptian Revolution of 1952.

She was buried by his side in the al-Rifai mosque, the Associated Press news agency reported.

Her body, accompanied by her Russian husband Pierre Orlof, her two sons, one of her sisters and her brother, was flown into Cairo on Friday.

President Hosni Mubarak reportedly ordered the Egyptian consulate in Geneva to pay for the return of her body, Egyptian media reported.

Lawsuit

Born in 1943, Fadia left Egypt at the age of nine along with her two sisters after her father was ousted.

She spent most of her life in Switzerland, where she married Mr Orlof and worked as a translator.

Two years ago she gained a higher profile when she and her sisters attempted to sue the Egyptian Government in an attempt to regain a royal palace and land in the country's Nile Delta region.

The princesses had argued that the properties belonged to their mother, Queen Farida, who had divorced Farouk in 1948, and was therefore an ordinary citizen when the royal properties were confiscated.

However they lost the case.

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