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Duchess of Alba and Alfonso Diez Marriage Profile


Duchess of Alba in 2011

Spain's Duchess of Alba, Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James-Stuart and her husband Alfonso Diez walk towards photographers after their wedding ceremony at the Palacio de las Duenas on October 5, 2011 in Seville, Spain.

Photo: Daniel Perez / Getty Images
According to the Duchess of Alba, it is true love even when there is 24-year age difference along with one spouse who has $4.7 billion and the other who makes $2,000 a month, and one has numerous titles and the other is a commoner.


Duchess of Alba Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva aka Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva aka María del Rosario Cayetana Paloma Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Fernanda Teresa Francisca de Paula Lourdes Antonia Josefa Fausta Rita Castor Dorotea Santa Esperanza Fitz-James Stuart, Silva, Falcó y Gurtubay: March 28, 1926 at the Liria Palace in Madrid, Spain.
Having 46 titles, she is reported to be "possessor of more aristocratic titles than anyone else in the world." The Telegraph described the Duchess as an "eccentric bohemian role-model" who is "a duchess seven times over, a countess 19 times and a marquesa 23 times."

Alfonso Diez Carabantes: Abt. 1949.

Wedding Date:

Cayetana and Alfonso were married in a small ceremony on October 5, 2011 in the chapel at her home in Seville, Spain, Palacio de las Duenas. They had around 40 guests who were delighted with her flamenco dancing after the wedding ceremony. Alfonso and Cayetana honeymooned in Thailand.
Wedding Pictures
William Adams: "The eccentric duchess, who has never tried to tame her frizzy white hair, wore a salmon-pink knee-length dress with moss-green sash. She performed the flamenco on the street after tossing her bouquet into the crowd of well-wishers."
Source: William Lee Adams. "Escandalo! Spain's Duchess of Alba, 85, Marries a Much Younger Commoner." Time.com. 10/06/2011.

Prenuptial Agreement:

Although they didn't use the term prenuptial agreement when talking to the press about family concerns about their marriage, Alfonso did agree to renounce any possible claim to the Duchess' fortune.To appease their unhappiness about her marriage, Cayetana shared her plans for her inheritance with her children prior to the wedding. Alfonso takes the title Duke of Alba after their marriage.


With her first husband, Luis, Cayetana had six children, 5 sons and 1 daughter.
  • Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, 14th Duke of Huéscar: Born in 1948.
  • Alfonso Martínez de Irujo, 15th Duke of Aliaga: Born in 1950.
  • Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, 23rd Count of Siruela: Born in 1954.
  • Fernando Martínez de Irujo, 11th Marquis of San Vicente del Barco: Born in 1959.
  • Cayetano Martínez de Irujo, 13th Count of Salvatierra: Born in 1963.
  • Eugenia Martínez de Irujo, 12th Duchess of Montoro: Born in 1968.


Cayetana: Heiress, owner of historic homes and other real estate, valuable paintings, and historic documents.

Alfonso: Social security administration employee, owner of public relations business.


The Duchess has as her primary residence the Palacio de las Duenas, a 16th century home in the old quarter of Seville.

Previous Marriages:

Cayetana has two other marriages.
  • Don Pedro Luis Martinez de Irujo y Artacoz: Luis and Cayetana were married on October 12, 1947 in Seville, Spain with over 1,000 guests. Tana and Luis honeymooned for three months in the U.S., Mexico, and Hawaii. Luis, an engineer and naval officer, died in 1972 of cancer. Picture of Luis and Cayetana in 1968
Harriet Alexander: "Her first wedding was the most expensive the world had ever seen - a marriage so spectacular, so regal, that there were fears it could overshadow the nuptials a month later of Princess Elizabeth of England."
Source: Harriet Alexander. "Excitement in Spain as eccentric Duchess marries man 24 years her junior." Telegraph.co.uk. 10/02/2011.
  • Jesus Aguirre y Ortiz de Zarate: After meeting in December 1977, Jesus, a defrocked freethinker Jesuit priest and writer, and Cayetana were married on March 16, 1978. Cayetana and Jesus honeymooned for three days in Biarritz. Jesus was born on June 9, 1934 and died on May 11, 2001. Picture of Jesus and Cayetana in 1978
Cayetana: "Some people won't forgive me for having married an intelligent man. We are very happy together; we don't need anyone else."
Source: Barbara Barker. "The Marriage That Astounded Spain -- the Duchess of Alba and Her Ex-Priest -- is Now a Year Old." People. 4/02/1979.

Quotes About the Marriage of Cayetana and Alfonso:

Cayetana: "I have a young personality and I don't pay attention to numbers," she said on Spanish radio recently. "Alfonso has known me for 30 years, and he fell in love with me at first sight. But I married [someone else] and he had other relationships. Until one day three years ago, when we spontaneously fell into each others' arms ... But my children are making it hard on me. [Alfonso] doesn't want anything except me."
Source: William Lee Adams. "Escandalo! Spain's Duchess of Alba, 85, Marries a Much Younger Commoner." Time.com. 10/06/2011.

Cayetana: "Every great love story should end in marriage."
Source: Sarah Morris. "Spanish duchess gives up billions to marry for love." Yahoo.com. 8/09/2011.

Cayetana: "I felt very lonely after Jesus died, and I developed feelings for Alfonso. When you get to know someone and you like them, you end up falling in love a little, and I fell in love with him. At one point, he confessed that he had developed feelings for me over the years. At first, I thought he was crazy. "Later it hit me –- it was something that would fill any woman with happy pride ... The tough part was that my children didn't understand and they got quite angry with me."
Source: "Love conquers all for Spain's most colourful aristocrat." Hellomagazine.com. 8/05/2011.

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