Duchess of Alba, Wealthy Aristocrat, Dies at 88

Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, Alfonso Diez

The Duchess of Alba, one of Spain's wealthiest and most colorful aristocrats and listed as the world's most titled noble, has died at the age of 88.

A spokesman for duchess' Duenas Palace residence in Seville said Maria del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva died there Thursday from pneumonia. The spokesman declined to be identified, in line with palace policy.

The duchess was admitted to a Seville hospital Sunday but the family asked for her to be moved to the house Tuesday.

A relative of Winston Churchill, the duchess shared toys with England's future Queen Elizabeth while living in England as a girl.

Twice-widowed, the fabulously wealthy raised eyebrows in 2011 when at age 85 she wed her third husband, a civil servant 25 years her junior.

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