Spanish Princess dies from coronavirus

29 March 2020, Madrid

A Princess of Spain has become the world’s first Royal Family member to die from coronavirus, reports

Princess Maria Teresa, 86, of the Bourbon-Parma Royal Family, died on Friday after testing positive for Covid-19.

Her younger brother, Prince Sixtus Henry of Bourbon-Parma, announced the tragic news as the world grapples with a global pandemic.

Princess Maria Teresa was born in Paris, France in 1933 to parents, Prince Xavier and Madeleine de Bourbon, who had six children in total, reports the Daily Star.

The royals are members of the House of Bourbon-Parma which is a cadet branch of the Spanish royal family, descended from the French Capetian dynasty.

Its members once ruled as King of Etruria and as Duke of Parma and Piacenza, Guastalla, and Lucca.

Cadet branches are created when a young member of a Royal Family, who is not the current heir, is granted lands and titles of his own.

(With inputs from agencies)

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