Death of Infanta Alicia, Dowager Duchess of Calabria

  March 28, 2017 at 4:56 pm by

The Dowager Duchess of Calabria, born a Princess of Bourbon-Parma in 1917, died on March 28 in Madrid. She was 99 years old.

Infanta Alicia was the wife of the Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria, whom she married in 1936. The couple had three children: Princess Teresa María, Infante Carlos, Duke of Calabria, and Princess Inés María. The Infanta outlived her husband by 53 years, and her only son by 17 months. At 99, she was the oldest member of the Spanish Royal Family, to which she is linked via her husband, who was an uncle of King Juan Carlos of Spain, as well as a descendant of Alfonso XII of Spain. A biography of the Infanta can be read here.

A funeral mass was held on Tuesday at the La Paz morgue in Madrid; attended by a number of close relatives of the late Infanta. Spanish media are reporting that the late Infanta’s body will be cremated tomorrow and then interred in the Bourbon-Parma family crypt in Austria, not the Pantheon of Infantes of El Escorial in Spain.

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