Coronavirus Outbreak: Princess Maria Teresa of Spain becomes first royal to die of COVID-19; funeral service held in Madrid

Princess Teresa's death comes weeks after King Felipe VI of Spain tested negative for the virus.

Asian News International March 29, 2020 17:34:52 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Princess Maria Teresa of Spain becomes first royal to die of COVID-19; funeral service held in Madrid

Washington DC: Spanish Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma has become the first royal to pass away due to coronavirus complications.

According to Fox News, the 86-year-old was a cousin of Spain's King Felipe VI. Her brother Prince Sixto Enrique de Borbon, the Duke of Aranjuez, announced on Facebook that she died after contracting COVID-19 . The post reads, "On this afternoon... our sister Maria Teresa de Borbon Parma and Borbon Busset, a victim of the coronavirus COVID-19 , died in Paris at the age of eighty-six."

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Princess Teresa's death comes weeks after King Felipe VI of Spain tested negative for the virus.

According to People magazine, Princess Maria Teresa studied in France and became a professor at Paris' Sorbonne as well as a professor of Sociology at Madrid's Complutense University.

She was known for her outspoken views and activist work, which led to her nickname the "Red Princess."

A funeral service for the princess was held on Friday in Madrid.

Meanwhile, Prince Charles became the first British royal to be tested positive for the coronavirus , earlier this week. The Clarence House confirmed the same to Fox News in a statement issued on Wednesday morning that reads, "The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus . He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual."

A Buckingham Palace spokesperson told Fox News, that Prince Charles' mother, Queen Elizabeth II, remains in a healthy condition despite her son testing positive.

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