A SPANISH AFFAIR: The duchess takes a duke. With no fuss or fanfare, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, the 18th Duchess of Alba, will marry Alfonso Díez on Oct. 5 at a 1 p.m. ceremony in the chapel of her Seville palace, Las Dueñas. Twenty guests which may — or may not — include her six children (the nuptials have caused some contention) are expected to attend. The 85-year-old bride is one of Spain’s richest women. Estimates suggest she’s worth in the neighborhood of $5 billion including vast tracts of land, palaces and houses in Madrid, Ibiza and Marbella that, laid back-to-back, would stretch from one end of the Iberian Peninsula to the other. Not to mention the paintings by Goya, Titian and Rubens. The groom is a civil servant — and 24 years younger. Seville-based designers Victorio & Lucchino are doing the dress, which they say is “not white or traditional and it’s consistent with her youthful spirit.” They also promise “an Andalusian flourish.” The duchess doesn’t dress in a shy way. She is well-known for her boho style that includes flashy prints and bold colors, especially purple; ballerinas and matching patterned hose; ankle bracelets; hairbows — and bikinis.
Twice widowed, her former husbands were socialite/engineer Luis Martínez de Irujo and ex-Jesuit priest Jesús Aguirre, who died in 2001.