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The measure is aimed at reviving the tarnished image of the monarchy as Cristina de Borbon prepares to face trial for corruption.
In a move aimed at reviving the image of the embattled Spanish monarchy, King Felipe VI Friday stripped the title of duchess from his sister, increasing pressure on Cristina de Borbon to give up her succession rights as she prepares to stand trial on tax fraud charges.
The king was crowned nearly a year ago after the abdication of his father Juan Carlos, and since then has been dealing with a crown tarnished by scandals.
His sister Cristina is due to face trial this year and will become the first Spanish royal to do so.
Corruption investigations in Spain have exposed high-level bribery in the upper classes of society, profoundly affecting the Spaniards’ faith in their institutions.
The title of Duchess of Palma de Mallorca was conferred on Cristina by her father on her marriage in 1997 to former Olympic handball player Inaki Urdangarin, who has been charged with fraud and embezzling public funds following a long-running investigation into his Noos Foundation charity. The royal couple have denied any wrong doing.
In 2014, Cristina, Urdangarin and 15 other people were ordered to stand trial following the inquiry.