Infanta Pilar de Borbón, sister of Spanish emeritus king Juan Carlos, who lived and married in Portugal, died in Madrid at the age of 83 after being hospitalized in a clinic since last Sunday.
The Duchess of Badajoz was diagnosed last year with colon cancer, which required her to undergo surgery in February 2019 and undergo chemotherapy.
When she was nine years old, in February 1946, the aunt of the present king Felipe VI, moved with her family to Estoril, Portugal, where she lived until she was married in May 1967 to Luis Gómez-Acebo, in a ceremony at the Jeronimos Monastery.
During her 20 years in Portugal, the Portuguese-speaking infanta attended secondary school at the Sacred Heart College of Lisbon and then studied for three years at the former Artur Ravara College of Nursing in Lisbon.
According to the EFE agency, King Emeritus Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia traveled to Pilar de Borbón's hospital on Tuesday after learning of their very serious condition and having abandoned the clinic this Wednesday, a few hours after the death was declared.
The Portuguese President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, has already sent his condolences to King Felipe VI of Spain and King Emeritus Juan Carlos, nephew and brother, respectively, of Infanta, as can be read in a message published on the Presidency's website, referring to Infanta as a “great friend of Portugal”.