The Duchess of Alba to marry in October

Tuesday August 23, 2011

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Spain's most famous and wealthy aristocrat, the Duchess of Alba will wed this October.

The 85-year-old has confirmed that she will tie the knot with Alfonso Diez – a civil servant and long-time family friend 24 years her junior – at the start of that month.

In a statement given to news agency Europa Press, the royal said the wedding would be celebrated "in the strictest of intimacy" and in the presence of her children, their spouses and close family members.

"None of my friends will be attending due to lack of space and so that no-one will be offended," she explained. "With the exception of Doctor Trujillo, my surgeon."

The bride's son Carlos Juan Fitz-James Stuart, the Duke of Huescar, will be giving her away.

There'll be no press present, but the couple will release a photo to mark their happy day.

"I hope the press will stop the false speculation and respect my privacy," said the aristocrat, who's first name is Cayetana.

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