Seville (Spain):Spain's fabulously wealthy 85-year-old Duchess of Alba married a civil servant 25 years her junior today in a story of love and family conflict that has gripped the nation.
The twice-widowed aristocrat, renowned for her frizzy hair and colourful dress sense, tied the knot in the chapel of her 15th century Palacio de las Duenas in Seville where she lived with her two previous husbands.
The newlyweds were greeted with cheers and applause when they stepped outside the gates to greet the dozens of well-wishers, many dressed in their finest, who had gathered under the blazing sun to get a glimpse of the wedding.
The duchess, who wore a pink lace dress with a green belt, then performed a flamenco dance, lifting her hands above her head as she stood on the red carpet that had been laid out to welcome guests.
Only her six children and their families, and a handful of friends, were invited to the ceremony and wedding meal, which included gazpacho soup and rice with spicy lobster.