María del Rosario de Silva, Duchess of Alba

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María del Rosario de Silva
Duchess consort of Alba
María del Rosario de Silva, Duchess of Alba.jpg
Portrait of the Duchess of Alba, wearing Spanish mantilla, by Ignacio Zuloaga.
Spouse(s) Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, 17th Duke of Alba

Issue

Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba
Full name
María del Rosario de Silva y Gurtubay
Noble family House of Híjar, House of Silva
Father Alfonso de Silva, 16th Duke of Híjar
Mother María del Rosario Gurtubay y González de Castejón
Born 4 April 1900
Madrid, Spain
Died January 11, 1934(1934-01-11) (aged 33)
Madrid, Spain
Buried Monastery of Inmaculada Concepción (Loeches)

Doña María del Rosario de Silva y Gurtubay, Duchess of Alba de Tormes, suo jure 9th Marquise of San Vicente del Barco, Grandee of Spain (Madrid, Spain; 4 April 1900 - 11 January 1934) was a Spanish aristocrat and socialite. Single heiress of all the titles of her father, Alfonso de Silva, 16th Duke of Híjar, and of the fortune of her mother, María del Rosario Gurtubay, the young Marquise was one of the beauties of her time.

She married in London, the 7 October 1920, to Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, 17th Duke of Alba, thus becoming the Duchess of Alba, and had a single daughter, Cayetana, born in 1926.

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Titles and styles[edit]

Titles[edit]

  • 9th Marquise of San Vicente del Barco

Styles[edit]

  • The Most Excellent The Marquise of San Vicente del Barco (1900-1920)
  • The Most Excellent The Duchess of Alba de Tormes (1920-1934)