Princess Teresa's death comes weeks after King Felipe VI of Spain tested negative for the virus. (Photo Credit: Twitter @StephanieBauwe)
Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma, cousin of Spain's King Felipe VI, has become the first royal to die due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. According to reports in international media, 86-year-old Maria Teresa belonged to the House of Bourbon-Parma which is a cadet branch of the Spanish royal family, descended from the French Capetian dynasty.
Her brother Prince Sixto Enrique de Borbon, the Duke of Aranjuez, announced her death on Facebook on Saturday.
"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," read the post.
Princess Teresa's death comes weeks after King Felipe VI of Spain tested negative for the virus.
According to Daily Mail, Princess Maria Teresa was born on July 28, 1933 in Paris. She studied in France and became a professor at Paris' Sorbonne as well as a professor of Sociology at Madrid's Complutense University. According to People magazine, Princess Teresa was known for her outspoken views and activist work, which led to her nickname the "Red Princess."
Prince Charles had became the first British royal to be tested positive for the coronavirus, earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Spain registered a record number of coronavirus deaths in a single-day period on Saturday. The number of deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours was 832 bringing the death count to 5,690 since the novel coronavirus outbreak began. In total, 30,003 lives have been lost due to COVID-19 so far with 21,334 of those in Europe where Italy has the highest number of fatalities with 10,023 deaths, followed by Spain.