Tuesday, 23 August 2011

18th Duchess of Alba

By Jove, the Duchess of Alba has more titles than Dame Agatha has written novels! I say this because the Duchess is re-marrying in the autumn of her life, at eighty-five years old.

She was born on March 28, 1926, at the Liria Palace, Madrid. The Duchess is the daughter of the 17th Duke.

The Daily Telegraph has an article about her, including many photographs. Granted, she is no beauty now; though the Duchess was prettier in her younger days, believe it or not.

The Most Excellent The Duchess of Alba de Tormes'  titles include:

Titles, styles and honours



  • 18th Duchess of Alba, Grandee of Spain
  • 17th Duchess of Híjar, Grandee of Spain
  • 15th Duchess of Aliaga, Grandee of Spain -Ceded to her son Don Alfonso Martínez
  • 11th Duchess of Montoro, Grandee of Spain -Ceded to her daughter Doña Eugenia
  • 11th Duchess of Berwick, Grandee of Spain
  • 11th Duchess of Liria and Jérica, Grandee of Spain
  • 3rd Duchess of Arjona, Grandee of Spain


  • 12th Countess-Duchess of Olivares, Grandee of Spain


  • 17th Marquesa of the Carpio, Grandee of Spain
  • 10th Marquesa of San Vicente del Barco, Grandee of Spain -Ceded to her son Don Fernando
  • 16th Marquesa of la Albaga
  • 16th Marquesa of Almenara
  • 18th Marquesa of Barcarrota
  • 10th Marquesa of Castañeda
  • 23rd Marquesa of Coria
  • 14th Marquesa of Eliche
  • 16th Marquesa of Mirallo
  • 20th Marquesa of la Mota
  • 20th Marquesa of Moya
  • 17th Marquesa of Orani
  • 12th Marquesa of Osera
  • 14th Marquesa of San Leonardo
  • 19th Marquesa of Sarria
  • 12th Marquesa of Tarazona
  • 15th Marquesa of Valdunquillo
  • 18th Marquesa of Villanueva del Fresno
  • 17th Marquesa of Villanueva del Río


  • 27th Countess of Aranda, Grandee of Spain
  • 22nd Countess of Lemos, Grandee of Spain
  • 20th Countess of Lerín, Grandee of Spain, Constabless of Navarre
  • 20th Countess of Miranda del Castañar, Grandee of Spain
  • 16th Countess of Monterrey, Grandee of Spain
  • 20th Countess of Osorno, Grandee of Spain
  • 18th Countess of Palma del Río, Grandee of Spain
  • 12th Countess of Salvatierra, Grandee of Spain -Ceded to her son Don Cayetano
  • 22nd Countess of Siruela, Grandee of Spain -Ceded to her son Don Jacobo
  • 19th Countess of Andrade
  • 14th Countess of Ayala
  • 16th Countess of Casarrubios del Monte
  • 16th Countess of Fuentes de Valdepero
  • 11th Countess of Fuentidueña
  • 17th Countess of Galve
  • 18th Countess of Gelves
  • 16th Countess of Guimerá
  • Countess of Modica (Kingdom of Sicily)
  • 24th Countess of Ribadeo
  • 25th Countess of San Esteban de Gormaz
  • 12th Countess of Santa Cruz de la Sierra
  • 11th Countess of Tinmouth
  • 20th Countess of Villalba


  • 12th Viscountess of la Calzada


  • 11th Baroness of Bosworth


  • 29th Lady of Moguer


Unknown said...

Thanks for this news. I am actually related to Maria del Rosario Cayetana FITZ-JAMES STUART Y SILVA (1926 - ): wife of 6th cousin 3x removed.

Her first husband was Pedro Luis MARTÍNEZ DE IRUJO Y ARTAZCOZ (1919 - 1972).

His great-grandmother was Sarah Maria "Sally" McKEAN (1777 - 1841) (my 2nd cousin 7x removed), who was daughter of Thomas McKEAN (1734 - 1817), who signed US Declaration of Independence and was a governor of Pennsylvania.

Thomas McKEAN's mother was Letitia FINNEY (1709 - 1742), and I am related to this FINNEY line (my maternal grandmother is a FINNEY).

Not surprisingly, genealogy is a favourite hobby of mine. I've used Facebook to track down some of my distant (9th cousin) MARTINEZ DE IRUJO cousins living in Madrid, and correspond with them.

However, I'm not expecting to receive an invitation to the Duchess' wedding!

Timothy Belmont said...

Hello Allan,

Indeed it is a time-consuming pastime! I've done a little in my time.

Many congratulations on the research, too.