Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Duchess of Alba 85 years old Married a Civil servant 25 years her Junior

A rich, 85-year-old Spanish duchess considered the globe's most title-laden respectable got married a civil servant 25 years her junior on Wednesday, shrugging off her children's scruples and celebrating by kicking off her shoes and dancing gypsy dancing.
A bunch of several hundred clapped and howled its blessing as the Duchess of Alba waved, smiled and danced on a red carpet after her wedding to Alfonso Diez at Palacio de las Duenas, her 15th-century mansion house in the cobblestoned old quarter of Seville.

Diez remained firm near by in a black suit, smiling and maintaining an outstretched arm at the ready, as if to catch his bride if she faltered. The duchess hiked up her dress as she did a few whirling steps of Spain's quintessential art form in the city perhaps best known for it.

With her frizzy white hair, squeaky voice and wildly coloured clothes, the duchess is among Spain's most superstars. Only a few dozen family members and close friends were invited to the ceremony.

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