Duchess of Alba dies: the extraordinary life of Spain's most famous aristocrat in pictures

The Duchess of Alba, Spain's wealthiest – and most colourful – aristocrat has died. She was descended from British royalty and held more titles than the Queen but her ancient heritage and multi-million euro fortune never stopped her from being ahead of the times.

Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart married three times, once to a former priest and another time to a dashing civil servant 25 years her junior in a ceremony followed on national TV. The duchess outlived two of those husbands, never losing her zest for life. Well into her 80s, she would stand out in a crowd, dazzling because of her exuberance and wonderful bohemian outfits, topped off with her signature curls.

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