Friday 24 November 2017

Duchess to marry man 25 years her junior

Daniel Woolls in Madrid

DESPITE initial opposition from her children, one of Spain's richest nobles is to marry a man 25 years her junior.

Yesterday the Duchess of Alba (85) released a statement saying she'll tie the knot with Alfonso Diez (60) in early October -- it will be her third marriage.

The duchess's offspring were thought to oppose the marriage, which she confirmed in a rare interview early this year.

However, in July, she apparently placated them by dividing up much of her wealth among them, assigning castles, palaces and other property of the 500-year-old House of Alba, which they will inherit upon her death.

Yesterday's statement did not give an exact date of the wedding or say where it will be held.

The wedding will be an intimate ceremony attended by few people, including her six children and their current spouses, some former daughters-in-law -- all of her children have been divorced -- and bullfighter Francisco Rivera Ordonez, who was married to the duchess's only daughter, Eugenia.

The duchess is a distant relative of Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill.

She and Mr Diez are old acquaintances and started dating about three years ago after bumping into each other at a movie theatre.

Spanish media estimates her wealth at between €600m and €3.5bn, which includes a first edition copy of Cervantes' 'Don Quixote'.

The duchess -- a frequent fixture in Spain's gossip magazines -- said only one photographer would be at the wedding.

Irish Independent

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