When the history books are written, I think most people would have preferred to live like the Duchess of Alba. The Duchess passed away today at the age of 88. She wasn’t sick for very long – this was a rapid deterioration after a lifetime of fabulousness. The Duchess is survived by six (adult) children and her young boy-toy widower, her third husband Alfonso Diez. The Duchess of Alba was the most titled noblewoman in the world. She was also one of the wealthiest women in the world, although her kids made her sign over a great deal of her fortune to them when she married her last husband, because they feared Alfonso was a golddigger. LIES! Alfonso made her so happy in her last years. She danced the flamenco with him at their wedding!!!
Spain’s Duchess of Alba, one of Europe’s wealthiest aristocrats, died on Thursday, aged 88, after a short illness, media said. The owner of fabulous palaces and priceless works of art, Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, known as ‘Cayetana’, was known for her flamboyant lifestyle and was the world’s most titled person, according to the Guinness Book of Records.
Two days ago she was said to be showing signs of recovery after being rushed to hospital in Spain with pneumonia on Sunday night. She had a steady stream of visitors including her sons, daughter and husband Alfonso Diez. A doctor treating her has been reported as saying she was showing signs of recovery.
According to The Olive Press a spokesperson for the duchess’ charitable foundation said: ‘She had suffered a stomach virus a few days earlier but had recovered from it. Now she has pneumonia. At her age, one thing leads to another. She is weak. We are worried because we love her very much.’
Forbes recently estimated her wealth to be in the region of 2.8 billion euro (£2.2billion). A relative of Winston Churchill, the duchess shared toys with England’s future Queen Elizabeth while living in England as a girl. Twice-widowed, she raised eyebrows in 2011 when at age 85 she wed her third husband, a civil servant 25 years her junior.
She was 14 times a Spanish grandee, five times a duchess, once a countess-duchess, 18 times a marchioness, 18 times a countess and once a viscountess, according to the entry.
With her cloud of white hair and face moulded by plastic surgery, she was rarely out of the Spanish gossip magazines.
‘I don’t like to talk about money. Many people confuse having cash with having assets – we’ve never had a lot of cash,’ she wrote in her autobiography. Many of the palaces, castles and works of art belonging to the House of Alba have restrictions placed on their sale because of their historic importance for Spain.
With estates dotted across mainland Spain and on some of its islands, she was known for being able to crisscross the country without having to spend the night in a property that was not hers. She also had one of Spain’s most dazzling art collections, including works by grand masters Goya, Rembrandt and Velazquez.
[From The Daily Mail]
Bless her. That Daily Mail link has more info about the life and times of the Duchess. You can also read her crazy Wiki page here. I think she probably lived a very happy, full life. And if she wanted to marry her commoner boy-toy and that made her happy, what’s the big deal? Anyway, she was one of a kind. She will be missed. Mostly she’ll be missed in Ibiza, which is where she loved to party (no joke).
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The Duchess of Alba, the most fabulous aristocrat in the world, has passed away