Spain’s richest duchess dies aged 88

The Duchess of Alba, Spain’s richest woman and one its most eccentric figures, has died aged 88 in Seville, the BBC reports.

Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart had more titles than any other aristocrat and owned palaces and an extensive property portfolio as well as paintings by Goya and Velazquez.

She died at home on Thursday after a short illness.

The duchess is survived by her husband of three years, Alfonso Diez, who is 24 years her junior.

The Duchess of Alba was the head of one of Spain’s oldest noble families.

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