Sad news out of Spain this week, Infanta Alicia, Dowager Duchess of Calabria (aunt of King Juan Carlos and the oldest member of the Spanish Royal Family) died aged 99 in Madrid on March 28. Born Princess Alice of Bourbon-Parma, the daughter and Heiress of Elias, Duke of Parma and Archduchess Maria Anna of Austria, she was a niece of Empress Zita of Austria and Prince Felix of Luxembourg. In 1936, Princess Alice married her second cousin, Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria, son of Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies and Mercedes, Princess of Asturias, and heir presumptive to the Spanish Throne from 1901 to 1907. The couple had three children, including Prince Carlos of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, and lived mainly in Spain, where she was close to the Spanish Royal Family. Infanta Alicia was also considered a Jacobite claimant to the throne of England and Scotland.
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia attended the Funeral in Madrid on March 29th. The body of Infanta Alicia, Dowager Duchess of Calabria will be buried in Austria. King Felipe and Queen Letizia, followed by Infanta Elena, went to give condolences to the family on March 30th. The Spanish Royal Family attended the Funeral of Infanta Alicia, Duchess of of Calabria on May 11th at the Royal Palace of Madrid.