Fabiola was heavily involved in social causes, particularly those related to mental
health, children's issues, and women's issues. She has a mountain range
in Antarctica and several flowering plants named for her. She, like most
educated nobles of that time, owned some mad linguistic skills. She was fluent
in French, Dutch, English, German, and Italian as well as her native Spanish.
Troubles, she had few.
Around the age of 80, she went the health route of many of her contemporaries,
with pneumonia and osteoporosis. In 2013, she was criticized for her plans to
set up a private foundation, which was viewed as an inheritance-tax avoidance
scheme. She denied the charges, saying she was using her own "private
money" and that her public stipend was used primarily for her staff's
Queen Fabiola died on
December 5, 2014, in Laeken, Belgium, at the age of 86, bouffant hairdo intact.