Thursday, 20 November 2014

The last great Grandee?











"The Curse of Dolores Delargo Towers"?

A mere three weeks after I featured the remarkably eccentric (and plastic-surgery-addicted) María del Rosario Cayetana Paloma Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Fernanda Teresa Francisca de Paula Lourdes Antonia Josefa Fausta Rita Castor Dorotea Santa Esperanza Fitz-James Stuart, Silva, Falcó y Gurtubay over at my Give 'em the old Razzle Dazzle blog, the old dear has folded her mantilla away for the last time, and flamenco-ed off this mortal coil.

Considering only three years ago she married (against her family's wishes) a man 25 years her junior, I am bagging a ring-side seat for the forthcoming (inevitable) battle over her will (despite her public statement that she had rescinded any personal claim to her fortune)...

Five times a duchess, 18 times a marchioness, 18 times a countess, 14 times a Spanish grandee and once a viscountess; possible contender to the throne of Scotland, and the richest noble in Spain - RIP The Duchess of Alba (28th March 1926 – 20th November 2014).

4 comments:

  1. She probably longed for the days of her predecessors, when Goya could paint her and make her look good, instead of having the unforgiving camera.

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    1. Even Goya might have had difficulty... Jx

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  2. Amazing woman! I had only seen recent pictures of her. I love the ones you've posted of her in her younger days, Jon.

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