85-yr-old Duchess weds for third time

A wealthy, 85-year-old Spanish duchess considered the world's most title-laden noble married a civil servant 25 years her junior yesterday, shrugging off her children's qualms and celebrating by kicking off her shoes and dancing a bit of flamenco.

A crowd of several hundred clapped and roared its approval as the Duchess of Alba waved and dance on a red carpet after her wedding to Alfonso Diez at Palacio de las Duenas, her 15th-century residence in the cobblestoned old quarter of Seville.

Spain's Duchess of Alba, Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James-Stuart dances flamenco next to her husband Alfonso Diez after their wedding ceremony yesterday

Known now for her frizzy white hair, squeaky voice and wildly colourful clothes, the duchess is among Spain's most famous people.

Only a few dozen family members and close friends were invited to the ceremony.

Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva, who has more titles than Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, wore a pale pink knee-length dress by Spanish designers Victorio y Lucchino.

Her six children, all from her first marriage, reportedly balked when the idea of marriage emerged.

In July of this year she assigned them and her grandchildren juicy chunks of her vast estate, including mansions and palaces, in an effort to appease them. Estimates of her wealth range from $800 million to $4.7 billion.

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