The Duchess of Alba passed away this morning at the age of 88, following a period of illness. Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y Silva,18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes, was one of the few women in the royal world of male primogeniture to carry her title in her own right (she was the only child of the 17th Duke of Alba). She was well known for her glamorous lifestyle, her record number of noble titles (more than 40), her controversial marriages, her passions for art, culture and flamenco dance, and her very colourful fashion.
In Cordoban costume for the 1955 Seville fair
Leading a pre-bullfight parade during Spain’s 400th anniversary in 1962
At a bullfight with the Countess of Quintanilla and Jaqueline Kennedy in 1966
At the May 3, 2010 wedding of Pepito Marquez y Gonzalez de Gregorio and Edina Zichy
At the Seville Fair in April 2011; Enjoying Ibiza in August 2013
In the garden of the Palace of Liria, 1980