Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma, a cousin of Spain’s King Felipe IV, died on Thursday at age 86 after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.
She is the first member of a royal family to die from COVID-19.
Prince Sixto Enrique de Bourbon, the brother of Princess Maria Teresa, confirmed the passing of his sister in a public Facebook post on Thursday, which stated a funeral was held in Madrid on Friday. People, Page Six, and the Daily Mail have also reported on the announcement.
“S.A.R. Don Sixto Enrique de Borbón communicates that this Thursday, March 26, 2020, has passed away in Paris, at eighty-six years old, his sister Maria Teresa de Bourbon Parma and Bourbon Busset, victim of coronavirus COVID-19,” a translation of the prince’s announcement reads.
Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma was born in Paris in 1933 and became a professor of Paris-Sorbonne University and Complutense University in Madrid, where she was known for her views in sociology and women’s rights, according to People.
She was a member of the House of Bourbon-Parma, which is known as a cadet branch of the Spanish royal family.
Earlier in March, Spain’s King Felipe IV and his wife, Queen Letizia, both tested negative for the COVID-19 virus.