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Spain’s Princess Cristina Faces Historic Tax Fraud Trial [VIDEO]

Visits to the palm-dotted Medite-rranean island of Mallorca for Spain’s Princess Cristina used to mean luxurious stays at the seaside Marivent Palace — but the sister of King Felipe VI won’t get anywhere near the royal family’s official summer residence in a trip this week.

Instead, the 50-year-old princess and her husband are set to face anti-monarchy protesters and hordes of media Monday as they enter a makeshift courtroom and she makes history in front of millions of Spanish TV viewers as the first royal family member to face criminal charges since the monarchy was restored in 1975.

Following the tax fraud trial expected to last six months, the princess could face up to eight years in prison if a three-member panel of judges agrees the couple abused a real estate consulting firm described in court papers as a “front company” to bankroll a lavish lifestyle — including parties at their modernist Barcelona mansion, salsa dancing classes and vacations at expensive hotels.

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