Today, 20th November 2015, Spain celebrates and remembers the life of Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba.
One of Spain´s best known public figures and Spain´s biggest private landowner.
The Duchess died in the Palacio de las Dueñas on November 20, 2014, at the age of 88.
Doña María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva, 18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes, Grandee of Spain (28 March 1926 – 20 November 2014), was head of the House of Alba and the third woman to hold the title in her own right.
Born at the Liria Palace on 28 March 1926, she was the only child of the 17th Duke of Alba and his wife, Maria del Rosario de Silva y Gurtubay, 9th Marchioness of San Vicente del Barco. Her godmother was the Queen Consort of Spain, Victoria Eugenie of Battenberg, wife of Alfonso XIII de Borbón, King of Spain.
As head of the dynasty, she was address by her most senior title of Duchess of Alba, whilst holding over 40 other hereditary titles. The most titled aristocrat in the world according to the Guinness World Records. Via her descent from James Fitz-James, she was King James II of England’s senior illegitimate descendant.
The Duchess is survived by her last husband, Alfonso Diez Carabantes (married 2011), her six children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is succeeded by her son Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, 14th Duke of Huescar, the current 19th Duke of Alba.