The Spanish Royal Family, led by former King Juan Carlos and his sister Infanta Margarita, attended a funeral chapel in Madrid, as Infanta Pilar was cremated on Thursday, 9 January 2020.

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King Felipe and Queen Letizia also attended to pay their respects.

A source said Infanta Pilar’s ashes will be taken to the Family Mausoleum at the San Isidro cemetery in Madrid to be placed next to husband’s remains.

Her husband, Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, 2nd Viscount of La Torre, died in 1991 from lymphatic cancer.

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A private Family funeral is said to take place at Royal Monastery of San Lorenzo del Escorial later this month.

According to Hola magazine, Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, had died, surrounded by her family, including during her last days, as one of her sons said his poor mother was in poor health.

Infanta Pilar passed away on Wednesday, 8 January 2020 at the Ruber International Clinic in Madrid, aged 83, from colon cancer.

She was admitted on Sunday, 5 January, her brother Juan Carlos’ 82nd birthday.

Infanta Pilar was diagnosed with colon cancer about a year ago, had surgery in February 2019 and treated with chemotherapy afterwards.

The Infanta leaves five children.

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