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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, the Duchess of Alba 1926-2014

Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, the Duchess of Alba, has died at the age of 88 in Seville.
The holder of 14 Grandezas de España titles, the highest rank in Spanish nobility, she was the head of the House of Alba and a well-known society figure.  She was 18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes, Duchess of Berwick (the Dukedom recognized by the Crown of Spain is descendable through female lines, though the original Jacobite dukedom was not); was born at Madrid, 28 mAR, 1926;  married 1stly at Seville, 12 Oct 1948, Pedro Luis Martinez de Irujo (1919-72); married 2ndly, 2 Mar, 1978, Jesus Aguirre Ortiz de Zarate (1934-2001); married 3rdly, 5 Oct, 2011, Alfonso Diez Carabantes (born 15 Nov, 1950). She leaves six children, (1) Carlos, b 1949; (2) Alfonso (b 1950); (3) Jacobo (b 1954); (4) Fernando, b 1959; (5) Cayetano, b 1963, and (6) Eugenia, b 1968.

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