Wedding of the Duchess of Alba, 1947

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The Wedding of Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, the Duchess of Montoro, the only daughter and Heir of the 17th Duke of Alba and the 9th Marchioness of San Vicente del Barco (wearing Empress Eugénie’s Pearl Tiara), and Don Luis Martínez de Irujo y Artázcoz, son of the Duke of Sotomayor, at at Seville Cathedral this day in 1947, followed by a Magnificent Reception at the Palacio de las Dueñas. The wedding was considered to be one of the last great weddings of European nobility, with the New York Times calling it “the most expensive wedding of the world.” The couple had six children, including the current Duke of Alba, and were happily married until his death in 1972. The Duchess remarried twice and was famous for being the most titled aristocrat in the world until her death in 2014.


3 thoughts on “Wedding of the Duchess of Alba, 1947

  1. Personally, I think the song “I did it my way” fits the late Duchess perfectly. She was such an iconoclast! Her wedding tiara is truly spectacular. I think the current Duke still owns it, and if he does, we’ll probably have to wait for one of his sons or maybe his niece Cayetana marries in order to see it again.

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