This is a photo of 85-year-old María and her 25-years-younger groom, Alfonso, on their wedding day yesterday.
Only a few dozen family members and close friends were invited to the ceremony because, sadly, the bride’s six children from her first marriage, reportedly balked when the idea of marriage first emerged.
But the course of true love will not be thwarted!
In July of this year, María gave her grown children and grandchildren some of her estate to appease them and clear her way to the altar. Poor María bemoaned, “I have been alone in this project, and got nothing but negative opinions until they realized what kind of man he is.”
Despite María’s generosity, two of her children did not attend the wedding — an only daughter, Eugenia, who reportedly was hospitalized with chicken pox; and a son, Jacobo, who reportedly is unhappy with his slice of the family estate. But you needn’t feel too sorry for Jacobo because the pieces of estate that the children and grandchildren got are mansions and palaces.
You see, María is no ordinary octogenarian. She is none other than the Spanish Duchess of Alba. That’s only one of her more than 40 titles. According to Guinness World Records, she has more titles recognized by an existing government than any other noble in the world.
Her full name – take a deep breath – is Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva. She goes by simply Cayetana, and is a distant relative of Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill.
Estimates of her wealth range from euro600 million ($800 million) to euro3.5 billion ($4.7 billion). Besides fabulous and historic real estate sprinkled around Spain, the family treasure boasts paintings by Goya and Velazquez, a first-edition copy of Cervantes “El Quixote”, and letters written by Christopher Columbus.
Doña María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva is the 18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes and the current head of the House of Alba — only the third woman to carry the title in her own right. The Duchess is a descendant of King James VII of Scotland, II of England, through his illegitimate son James Fitz-James, Duke of Berwick (1670–1734), born of a relationship with Arabella Churchill, only sister of the Duke of Marlborough — which makes the Duchess of Alba a distant relative of both Sir Winston Churchill and Diana, Princess of Wales, descendants of Arabella’s daughter Henrietta FitzJames.
The House of Alba is an important Spanish aristocratic family who derive from the 12th century Mozarab nobility of post-conquest Toledo. Some Mozarabs were Converso Sephardi Jews. “Converso” refers to Jews or descendants of Jews who converted to Catholicism in Spain or Portugal, particularly during the 14th and 15th centuries when mass conversions took place under great governmental pressure.
For her wedding, the twice-widowed duchess wore a salmon, shin-length dress by Spanish designers Victorio y Lucchino. In fact, little Maria was on Vanity Fair‘s International Best-Dressed List in 2009.
She must also have undergone extensive plastic surgery for her new love, as you can see by comparing her pic from her wedding with one from 2009:
The Duchess of Alba in late 2009 (from Wikipedia)
The Duchess’ 3rd wedding was in Palacio de las Duenas, her 15th-century residence in the cobblestoned old quarter of Seville.
The happy groom is Alfonso Diez, a civil servant with the social security administration in Madrid, whose salary was euro1,500 ($2,000) a month. Alfonso and Maria are old acquaintances through her second husband, who was a former Jesuit priest, and Diez’s brother, an antiques dealer. The love birds bumped into each other about three years ago outside a movie theater in Madrid and eventually started dating.
Diez will be entering a new world, although he has reportedly signed a document renouncing any claim to the House of Alba wealth. Now he will live in splendor as a duke, reportedly with plans to take a leave of absence from his day job, although the noble title will pass on to the duchess’s eldest son, Carlos, when she dies.
An idle thought:
I wonder why the “Occupy Wall Street” commies don’t/won’t demonstrate against the global super-super-super rich like the Duchess of Alba, George Soros, and the satanic Baroness Philippine de Rothschild?
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