Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva (The Duchess of Alba), one of Spain’s richest women, has tied the knot again at the age of 85 to a civil servant 24 years her junior.
The Duchess married Alfonso Diez Carabantes in the chapel of the duchess’s 15th Century Palacio de las Duenas in Sevilla in front a few family and friends and then emerged to throw her wedding bouquet into the crowd and dance flamenco. For those who follow such things, she wore a salmon-pink knee-length dress with moss-green sash.
The duchess is acknowledged by the Guinness World Records as having more titles recognised by an existing government than any other noble.
The Duchess of Alba has estates, palaces and treasures including art masterpieces estimated to be worth up to 3.5bn euros and had to overcome her children’s suspicions about the union.
In an attempt to allay these suspicions about her prospective husband, the Duchess reportedly divided up her wealth between her six children and grandchildren, and her new husband has also reportedly relinquished his rights to her fortune.