According to The Olive Press, a spokesperson for the duchess' charitable foundation said: 'She had suffered a stomach virus a few days earlier but had recovered from it. At her age, one thing leads to another.'Cayetana always had Seville in her heart and for this reason she will always remain in Seville's heart.
May she rest in peace,' Seville mayor Juan Ignacio Zoido said in a message on his official Twitter account.
Her family communicated the news of her death to King Felipe and the royal family, while the Mayor of Seville, Juan Ignacio Zoido, announced the news to the general public on Twitter.
After lying in state in Seville’s town hall, a funeral will be held for the Duchess, whose full name was María del Rosario Cayetana Paloma Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Fernanda Teresa Francisca de Paula Lourdes Antonia Josefa Fausta Rita Castor Dorotea Santa Esperanza Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva, Falco y Gurtubay, on Friday in the Andalusian capital.
Her career took off when she moved to New York City, chosen to be the image of Oscar de la Renta.
With more than 100 appearance on the covers of magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Telva, Elle, Marie Claire, Glamour, and Vogue, she has worked with the most renowned photographers in the world, like Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Arthur Elgost, Bruce Weber, David Bailey and Gilles Bensimon.
She currently publishes a monthly column in ELLE where she offers her secrets on fashion, beauty and travel, and a daily photoblog in the magazine's website, called “My Lookbook”.
The world’s most titled aristocrat and Spain’s richest noble, the 18th Duchess of Alba, has died aged 88 after a short illness.
It was said she owned so much land that you could walk from one side of the country to the other without stepping off her property.
Her eight grandchildren are also said to have inherited a substantial chunk of her estate.
The owner of fabulous palaces and priceless works of art, Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, known as 'Cayetana', was known for her flamboyant lifestyle and was the world's most titled person, according to the Guinness Book of Records.