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Palacio de las Dueñas, the Duquesa de Alba’s home, opens to public on 17 March

Saturday, March 12th, 2016

    Next week one of the most hotly-anticipated new attractions in Seville opens its doors - the Palacio de las Duenas, favourite residence of the late Duquesa de Alba. From 10am on Thursday 17 March, you'll be able to see inside the home of one of Spain's most famous aristocrats, the most ...

Historic houses opening to the public in Seville this autumn

Friday, July 17th, 2015

If you are planning a visit to Seville once the intense summer heat has dissipated, then you may be pleased to hear that, from this autumn, two important historic monuments with aristocratic heritage will be available to visit for the first time. One is the Palacio de las Dueñas, the home of the late Duquesa ...

Casa de Alba puts on a historic show

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_4787" align="aligncenter" width="250" caption="Titian's painting of the Gran Duque de Alba, who started the Casa De Alba's art collection, now one of the most important private collections in the world."][/caption] The Casa de Alba - whose head, the redoubtable Cayetana, 18th Duquesa de Alba, recently wed for the third ...

A (light-hearted) look back at 2011

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

As this is my last proper blog post of 2011 - I will be wishing you a happy new year next week, but other than that I get a (well-earned) break between Christmas and New Year - I thought it would be a good chance to take a look back ...

The Duquesa and the bobadas

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Yesterday was the official launch day for the Duquesa de Alba's much-anticipated autobiography, Yo, Cayetana. Sadly, the event had to be cancelled when the Duchess had an unfortunate accident. She fell at her home, Palacio de las Dueñas in Seville, and suffered a hairline fracture to her pelvis. At 85 years, the ...

(Almost) royal wedding in Seville

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Click here to see a video of the Duquesa de Alba greeting the public who massed outside her palace for her wedding, as well as her flamenco performance. She may not be royal, but the Duquesa de Alba's blood runs blue through her veins. Descended from King James II of England ...

Cayetana: su pasion

Monday, March 14th, 2011

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you'll know that I am fascinated by the Duquesa de Alba. Just over a year ago, I interviewed the famously free-spirited, very-titled Spanish aristocrat for another Andalucian publication, and she was utterly charming - speaks fluent English, too. Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart ...

Deber y tener

Monday, November 1st, 2010

OK, I admit it. I love TV movies about famous people. Even better if they're royalty or aristos, and we get a glimpse inside their everyday lives - the king eating his breakfast in a grey chandal (tracksuit), Prince Felipe glued to the telly. The mini-series about the Duquesa de ...