María Teresa Borbón-Parma, Spanish sister-in-law of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, was known as the Red Princess and died this week in Paris, thus becoming the first member of royalty to die of Covid-19. Cousin of King Felipe, on Friday a mass was celebrated in her honor in the city of Madrid.
Graduated in Political Science from the Sorbonne in Paris, the nickname of red princess was given because of her liberal opinions. She was a staunch defender of women's rights and with ideas of a socialist tendency.
In the networks of his brother, Prince Sixto Enrique de Borbón and Duque de Aranjuez, a statement was issued last Thursday night that assured that “on the afternoon of this Thursday, March 26, 2020, he died in Paris, at eighty-six years old, his sister María Teresa de Borbón Parma and Borbón Busset, victim of the coronavirus COVID-19. Don Sixto Enrique is very sorry and begs for prayers for his sister's eternal rest. Tomorrow, Friday in Madrid, the Rev. Rvdo. and Hon. Mr. José Ramón García Gallardo, officer of the Lawful Order of Outlaw Legitimacy”.
Princess María Teresa was the second daughter of the claimant to the Spanish throne Francisco Javier de Borbón -Parma y Braganza. This branch of the Bourbons descends from King Carlos III, hence they are recognized as Carlists.
One of his brothers, Carlos Hugo, a Carlist claimant to the throne until his death, was married to Princess Irene of the Netherlands, sister of Queen Beatrice.
For her part, the deceased was the aunt of the Carlist cousins of King William of the Netherlands: Carlos Javier, Duke of Parma, and Margarita María, Jaime Bernardo and María Carolina de Borbón-Parma and Orange-Nassau.
This week other royals announced they were infected with this virulent coronavirus outbreak: Prince Charles of England tested positive at 71, as did Prince Albert of Monaco, 62.
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