In early July, before the holidays the family scattered, Cayetana de Alba cited their children in the office of notary Madrid Luis Nunez. Weeks later learned why in a note to the Europa Press agency: the duchess had decided to donate part of their life fortune. At 85, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, the third woman to head the House of Alba in its 539 years of history, the aristocrat with so many titles that it is doubtful if he could recite by heart, had decided to settle one of the issues most contentious of any family, dealt yachts or lentils. Who do I do? A Fitz-James Stuart Fernando and Solis (Madrid, 1990), grandson of the duchess and the current first-born heir to the House of Alba, Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, accounted for Las Dueñas palace, in Seville. Young, 21, will own a palace dazzled the child poet Antonio Machado memory and imagination as a child writer Italo Calvino for their superposition of patios, styles and buildings of the XVI century. Located in the historic center of Seville, at Las Dueñas is repeated every year a magical rite of Holy Week: the singing of the arrow of Antonio Machado to the passage of Christ of the Gypsies. Returning to the material, there are decisions to light up the treasure it contains. In 2010, the Junta de Andalucía 1425 registered property owners in The General Catalogue of the Andalusian Historical Heritage, including works by Bassano, Luca Giordano, Sofonisba Anguisola, Annibale Carracci, Sorolla, Zuloaga Romero de Torres, which may not leave Seville unless they receive authorization from the Regional Government.Apart from the surprise in store for the fact that the estate of the owner, with its 9452 meters square and by the Duchess feels a special attachment, has gone to one of his grandsons, remains a decision consistent with the tradition: the palace in Seville maintains the link with the future head of the House of Alba if everything follows a logical course.Carlos Fitz-James Stuart (Madrid, 1948), eldest son of the Duchess and her first husband, Luis Martinez de Irujo, get attached to a package title: Fundación Casa de Alba (with its palaces of Liria and Monterrey, among others) The collection of fifty ducats, marquis, count and greatness and responsibility of preserving the historical and monumental legacy. Apart from this, her mother has given rural property-including one of the largest estates in Córdoba in El Carpio, and houses for rent. The Duke of Huéscar, who graduated in law at the Complutense University, worked for years alongside his mother in wealth management. Is vice president of the foundation and participates in almost all companies in the aristocratic (Investment Princesa, Eurotecnica Agricultural Agricultural Euroexplotaciones, Agrotecsa, Agralsa and Castrofresno).
Alfonso Martinez de Irujo, Duke of Aliaga (Madrid, 1950), BA in Economics from the Complutense University, also included in the management bodies of almost all family businesses, according to the Register. It is one of two lifelong pattern of the Foundation Casa de Alba (the other is his brother Charles). His mother has given rural parcels and the property of the old castle of the roof (XIV), which has been rehabilitated, in Calzada de Don Diego (Salamanca).The opposition of the children to the wedding was noticeable. On February 26, Cayetana de Alba were marred its bonds in an interview with Cope: "We do not know because my kids get difficult. We do not hurt anyone. I hope things get fixed. ... Alfonso I think so wants nothing, has renounced everything. I do not want more than me.The Duchess was already clearing obstacles to their marriage plans. The life distribution of the bulk of his personal fortune to his heirs warrant Alfonso Díez not compete for goods. Although the official signed his resignation to them, that had not been enough to reassure the children. So the only way to proceed Cayetana de Alba was the distribution of assets to pave the way to his third wedding. Will surely be the antithesis of that starred in 1947 with Luis Martinez de Irujo, with a thousand guests, article in The New York Times headline in Libération and unequivocal: the world's most expensive wedding