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Happy Birthday! Eccentric Duchess Of Alba Turns 86

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Mar. 28 2012, Published 9:00 a.m. ET

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By Debbie Emery - Reporter

She doesn’t look a day over 80!

The Duchess Of Alba, Europe’s most outrageous – and most titled – royal turned 86 years young on Wednesday and is wishing her a very happy birthday.

The Spanish aristocrat, who holds 46 titles, celebrated her big day with her 61-year-old boy toy husband, Alfonso Diez, whom she married last October in an extravagant wedding ceremony at her 15th-century residence in Seville.

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With a fortune estimated between $800 million to $4.7 billion, Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva is a huge celebrity in her homeland, and even rubbed shoulders with Tom Cruise at the Spanish premiere of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol in Madrid last year.

Having once been criticized by Spain's citizens for being too old school aristocracy and the biggest landowner in the nation (she even sparked riots when voted the Most Illustrious Daughter of Andalusia), the Duchess is now beloved by her homeland.

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As previously reported, just like many Hollywood stars, the elderly woman faced a sex scandal earlier this year when a 30-year-old photograph of the duchess as she sunbathed topless in Ibiza was splashed on the cover of the racy Spanish magazine Interviu.

No word on how the Duchess spent her special day, but we are sure it was done in style, and no doubt while dressed in patterned tights, a brightly colored dress and with a cheeky twinkle in her eye!



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