The Duchess of Alba, one of Spain’s richest women, has married civil servant Alfonso Diez Carabantes at a palace in Seville, reports the BBC.The Duchess, at 85 years old, is 24 years older than her partner. Her first wedding was in 1947 and her full name is Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva (she holds more recognised titles than any other living noble).
The marriage has caused something of a stir in Spain. The Duchess’s children are against the marriage, which prompted her to give away her fortune to the children to overrule their decisions. In 2008 it took a phone call from Spain’s King to dissuade her from marrying Carabantes — indeed, the King and Queen did not attend the ceremony, despite being close friends.
“I’m a very determined person,” she told The Telegraph earlier this month. “I’ve got my own ideas about things and I try to make them reality.”
Some felt that the marriage was a good idea, however.
“Age has nothing to do with it – as long as there is love, that’s the most important thing,” Seville resident Concepcion Arrincon told the AFP.
NOW WATCH: Briefing videos
Business Insider Emails & Alerts
Site highlights each day to your inbox.