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Rich Spanish duchess weds for third time at age 85

SEVILLE, Spain (AP) -- A wealthy, 85-year-old Spanish duchess considered the world's most title-laden noble married a civil servant 25 years her junior on Wednesday, shrugging off her children's qualms and celebrating by kicking off her shoes and dancing a bit of flamenco.
  
A crowd of several hundred clapped and roared its approval as the Duchess of Alba waved and dance on a red carpet after her wedding to Alfonso Diez at Palacio de las Duenas, her 15th-century residence in the cobblestoned old quarter of Seville.
  
Known now for her frizzy white hair, squeaky voice and wildly colorful clothes, the duchess is among Spain's most famous people. Only a few dozen family members and close friends were invited to the ceremony.
  
The twice-widowed duchess wore a pale pink knee-length dress by Spanish designers Victorio y Lucchino on Tuesday.
  
Her full name -- take a deep breath -- is Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva. She goes by simply Cayetana, and is a distant relative of Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill.
  
She and Diez, a social security administration employee, are old acquaintances through her second husband, who was a former priest, and Diez's brother. They bumped into each other about three years ago outside a movie theater in Madrid and eventually started dating.
  
Her six children, all from her first marriage, reportedly balked when the idea of marriage emerged. In July of this year she assigned them and her grandchildren juicy chunks of her vast estate, including mansions and palaces, in an effort to appease them.
  
Estimates of her wealth range from (euro) 600 million ($800 million) to (euro) 3.5 billion ($4.7 billion).
  
Two of the children did not attend the wedding. Her only daughter, Eugenia, was reported to hospitalized in Madrid with chicken pox, while one of her sons, named Jacobo and reportedly unhappy with his slice of the family fortune -- was said to be traveling outside Spain.
 

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