Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Noble, rich and remarrying at 85

Spain's Duchess of Alba who is to wed again at 85 to a man 25 years her junior(AP)

One of Spain's richest women is to marry at the age of 85, to a man 25 years her junior despite initial opposition from her children.

The Duchess of Alba said she will tie the knot with Alfonso Diez, 60, in early October. It would be her third marriage.

The Duchess's offspring have been known to oppose the marriage. She said in a rare interview early this year she wanted to wed Mr Diez but her children were against the idea.

In July, however, she apparently placated them by dividing up much of her vast wealth among them, assigning castles, palaces and other property of the 500-year-old House of Alba which they will inherit upon her death.

They are reported to be satisfied with the divvying up of her estate, and media have since been speculating as to when wedding bells might toll.

She did not give an exact date or say where the nuptials will be held, although the duchess usually lives in Seville.

The wedding will be an intimate ceremony attended by few people, including her six children and their current spouses, some former daughters-in-law - all of her children have been divorced - and a popular bullfighter named Francisco Rivera Ordonez, who used to be married to the duchess's only daughter, Eugenia.

The Duchess is a distant relative of the Queen and Winston Churchill. She and Diez are acquaintances from way back but started dating about three years ago after bumping into each other at a movie theatre. She was a widow then.

Her full name is Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva.

Her wealth is estimated at ranging from £600 million to £3.5 billion. It includes paintings by Goya and Velazquez and a first edition copy of Cervantes' "Don Quixote."

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