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Duchess of Alba dies at 88; free-spirited Spanish aristocrat
Duchess of Alba dies at 88; free-spirited Spanish aristocrat

Spain's richest and most-titled aristocrat, the flamboyant Duchess of Alba, who was once a childhood playmate of Britain's queen and went on to become one of Europe's most eccentric fashionistas, died Thursday at her home in Seville. She was 88. Her full name was Doña Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva, but she was known in Spain simply as “La Duquesa” or “Cayetana.” She held the most titles of any aristocrat alive (57), according to the Guinness Book of World Records. She was said to be the only person on Earth who is not required, by etiquette, to bow before the pope. Many...

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