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    And they called it Puppy Luuuuuuuuuuu-u-u-uuuurrrrvvvvvv.....

    So wonderful to see the age of romance is not dead. I'm sure he doesn't give a shit about the family money.

    Excitement in Spain as eccentric Duchess marries man 24 years her junior

    The flamboyant Duchess of Alba, Spain's much-loved 85-year-old grandee, will this week marry a civil servant 24 years her junior - to the initial horror of her children.


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    The Duchess of Alba and her fiancee Alfonso Diez in Seville Photo: EPA








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    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. Her third wedding may pale in comparison - but it is still one of the most sought-after invitations in Europe.

    The 85-year-old Duchess of Alba, a Spanish aristocrat famed for her eccentric fashion sense and 3 billion fortune, is set to walk down the aisle this week, to marry a civil servant 24 years her junior.

    She has overcome objections from her six children, concerned about their inheritance, and even the King of Spain, who also had his doubts about the suitability of Alfonso Diez. But Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, descended from Churchill and King James II, is nothing if not single minded.

    "I'm a very determined person," she said. "I've got my own ideas about things and I try to make them reality."

    On Wednesday, at 1pm, the Duchess will marry at the chapel in the grounds of the Palacio de las Duenas, a majestic 16th-century estate where she lived with her two previous husbands and raised her children.



    The King and Queen of Spain - close family friends - will not be present, owing to protocol which states the Royal family only attend first marriages. But last week the Duchess introduced Mr Diez to the king at his Madrid palace - a necessary act of ceremony for the woman who, it is said, could walk from the northern tip of Spain right to the farthest southern point without ever leaving her ancesteral lands.
    The duchess is a distant relative of Queen Elizabeth, but - it is claimed - is more "noble". She holds the world record for the most aristocratic titles, being a duchess seven times over, a countess 19 times and a marquesa 23 times. Indeed, her full name is Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva.
    As head of the 530-year-old House of Alba, she is entitled to ride her horse into Seville Cathedral, and according to protocol does not have to kneel before the Pope. Some geneologists even claim that the Queen must bow to her, owing to the fact that the duchess is descended from James II through his illegitimate son James Fitz-James, while the Queen is from the "upstart" Saxe-Coburg-Gotha line.
    The heavy weight of history, protocol and expectation would prove an almost unbearable burden for most. But the duchess has somehow managed to resist the pressures of her role and carve out her own path with undeniable flair. Invariably sporting hippy bracelets and ankle charms, her love of bohemian, brightly coloured clothing has made her a contstant site on the nightly gossip chat shows. She revels in eccentricity, famously declaring that her style icon was "myself".
    She had lost her first husband, Luis Martinez de Irujo y Artazcoz, in 1972. Her wedding to him in 1947 was considered the last great feudal wedding in Spain, with the cream of Spanish nobility gathering to witness the beautiful young heiress tie the knot with a dashing naval officer.
    Following his death she married again, to Jesus Aguirre y Ortiz de Zarate - an intellectual and former Jesuit priest - but he died in 2001.
    The twice-widowed duchess was friends with Mr Diez for over 30 years. His brother Pedro, an antique dealer, was a close friend of the duchess's second husband.
    Both brothers lived quietly in Madrid's leafy, middle-class district of Chamberi. Alfonso worked as a civil servant at Spain's ministry of employment, and was described by friends as being cultured, refined, and interested in art and antiques.
    But three years ago he bumped into the duchess by chance, on leaving a cinema. The pair share a love of bullfighting, flamenco, cultural heritage and art, and when Spain's voracious tabloid press heard of the blossoming romance, his quiet existence was rapidly transformed into a very public role in the spotlight.
    "I felt very lonely after Jesus died, and I developed feelings for Alfonso," she told Spanish celebrity magazine Hola! in 2008. "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 couple made plans to marry, but her children were worried about their mother - and their inheritance. "My mother can't marry, owing to questions of historic responsibility," said her youngest son, Cayetano Martinez de Irujo.
    "They don't want me to marry, but they change partners more often than I do," the duchess has said about her children, all of whom have had high-profile marriages that ended in divorce. "The tough part was that my children didn't understand and they got quite angry with me.
    "It's true that I planned to marry. We were both full of enthusiasm for the idea. I took a step back for my children. I saw that everything was going to be very complicated."
    But eventually she found a way. Earlier this summer, she divided up her vast wealth thought to between 524m and 3bn between them. Mr Diez has also signed away any rights to the fortune. The inheritance includes vast properties in Madrid, Marbella, Ibiza and Seville - her main residence. Among the treasures is a collection of historical documents that include Columbus' first map of the Americas, and the last will and testament of Fernando the Catholic, as well as a library valued at 20.5 million that includes a first edition of Don Quixote from 1605, and a family Bible from 1429.
    She also has one of the world's best private art collections, with works by Rembrandt, Reubens, Velazquez and Titian.
    Among them is a portrait by Francisco de Goya of her ancestor, the Duchess of Alba, who is said to have been the artist's lover and the model for his masterworks "The Clothed Maja" and "The Naked Maja". Picasso wanted the Duchess to pose naked for his tribute to the Goya works but she declined - much, now, to her disappointment.
    With the fortune tied up and Mr Diez written out of the will, the children's objections melted away. "I sorted it out because I wanted to," she told Hola! last month. "Nobody pressured me to do it. Besides, as long as I am alive, everything is still in my hands."
    And, as Seville gears up for yet another much-hyped Alba wedding, the city is abuzz with marriage fever. The Duchess, with her outlandish, hippy dress sense, has chosen Sevillian designers Victorio y Lucchino to make her wedding dress - and it is unlikely to be subtle.
    Souvenir shops sell face masks featuring the Duchess and Mr Diez. T-shirts are sold, bearing her unmistakable frizzy hair and distinctive features.
    People are happy for her - "they tell me so on the street," she said - and admire her resolve in marrying again, in her ninth decade.
    But if there wasn't support from her friends, family, and countrymen?
    "I wouldn't care," she said. "I'd get married anyway."
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    For a share of 3 billion... get me two paper bags and a barrel of olive oil.

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    here you are, prove it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neo
    For a share of 3 billion... get me two paper bags and a barrel of olive oil.
    I think I'll pass on that one, but you go ahead.


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    ^ Isn't getting old a pain in the butt.

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    how can you tell that's her butt?


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    ^^^She's a sight, ain't she?

    I like the part of the story where the duchess' children protests her marriage until she gives them all her wealth and the future groom signs away his rights to any of it.

    Suddenly, the marriage is OK with the kids!

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    Actually with that many facelifts, it's probably halfway up her neck by now.

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    I'd hate to see her butt.

    Anyway good on her and I hope they live happily ever after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    ^ Isn't getting old a pain in the butt.

    does it hurt every time?

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    I don't know why you're all so squeamish, it's not like you're gonna touch the sides.

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    85 and still has a zest for life.

    good luck to her. the world is a better place for eccentrics like her.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    the duchess' children protests her marriage until she gives them all her wealth


    OK, I'll have her daughter then

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    ^She'll get told too and look just like her mom!

    I can't help getting old, but I sure hope my lips don't start looking like the back side of a cow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    lips don't start looking like the back side of a cow.
    Makes one wonder just what she's been doing all those years...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    the duchess' children protests her marriage until she gives them all her wealth


    OK, I'll have her daughter then
    That's if she isn't busy with Rodney..

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    Ten pints and a paper bag over her head and you can do the deed for that sort of money

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    ^^
    Just my type if she likes plonkers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Neo
    For a share of 3 billion... get me two paper bags and a barrel of olive oil.
    I think I'll pass on that one, but you go ahead.

    He'll probably come to understand how a 20 something year old bar girl feels when she has to spend 24/7 with a man older than her father, and who drinks, smokes and was not exactly the top of his class at home.
    Personally I do not know how some of them do it, I could not imagine having to act nice and hide my repulsion for that long. He will be better paid though.

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    I bet she spends a lot of money on lipstick

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thetyim View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Neo
    For a share of 3 billion... get me two paper bags and a barrel of olive oil.
    I think I'll pass on that one, but you go ahead.

    jesus, what the fuck is that ? some white monkey who managed to escape from a test lab ? put her back in her cage, she could hurt someone with those lips

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    this was before the plastic surgery



    and as usual, it's another British fraud going for it, it must be a national past time

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    this was in late 2009, she was ok then

    what happened since ?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterfly
    this was in late 2009, she was ok then
    what happened since ?
    She bought a Mac computer and it drove her bonkers, constantly bashing her head on the screen trying to make it work.

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