Passing of Infanta Pilar

Infanta Pilar, Duchess of Badajoz, Dowager Viscountess of la Torre, passed away in Madrid at the age of 83 today. The elder sister of King Juan Carlos of Spain, she was popularly known as ‘Doña Pi’ after renouncing her rights of succession to marry Don Luis Gómez-Acebo y Duque de Estrada, Viscount de la Torre, Grandee of Spain in May 1967; together, they raised four sons and a daughter. President of the International Equestrian Federation from 1994 to 2006 and member of the International Olympic Committee from 1996 to 2006, Infanta Pilar was closely involved with a number of charitable causes and organizations.

She wore two particularly memorable hats to the weddings of her nephew, King Felipe in 2004 and Infanta Cristina in 1997 that I share in tribute to her now.

Our thoughts are with the extended Spanish royal family as they grieve her loss.

Photos from Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images and Gianni Ferrari/Cover/Getty Images

9 thoughts on “Passing of Infanta Pilar

  1. The wedding of Felipe & Letizia was one of the best hatted royal weddings of the 21st Century so far IMO, and Infanta Pilar’s hat definitely was a standout among tough competition. Sounded like most of the family was able to be with her in her final days.

  2. I didn’t know much about this lady until the news of her passing led me to delve into web archives. These show she was a very stylish dresser throughout her life. She certainly wore her hats well and these are two fine examples.

  3. She was not afraid of a statement hat, and they were fabulous. Sad news, Sure it’s a sad time for the Spanish royals to lose a much loved sister, aunt and mother.

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