You're only as young as the man you feel – and 86-year-old Duchess of Alba is clearly feeling the benefit of her 61-year-old toyboy as she frolics in the surf in floral bikini
Couple married in October last year after much controversy
Duchess is worth over 3billion
25 year age gap between duchess and third husband Diez
All of her six children campaigned against the marriage
She entered Vanity Fair's Best-Dressed list in 2009 at the age of 83
18:38 GMT, 20 August 2012
It is less than 12 months since the flamboyant Duchess of Alba married her toyboy in a fairytale ceremony – and it is clear that the two are determined to enjoy their first year of marriage.
The 86-year-old Spanish Royal and her husband, 61-year-old Alfonso Diez, were today spotted enjoying a sunshine break on the island of Formentera.
The two, accompanied by a friend, took a cooling dip in the sea and enjoyed strolls along the beach.
With the typically extrovert duchess clad in a bright floral bikini and her friend in a cut-away cerise swimsuit, the threesome was sure to attract plenty of attention.
The 86-year-old Duchess of Alba, Cayetana Fitz James, enjoys a dip in the ocean while on holiday in Formentera with her husband Alfonso Diez, 61, and a friend
Helping hand: The duchess held on to her two companions for support as they paddled in the sea
The duchess and Diez married after much controversy in a ceremony last October; the bride, an eccentric billionaire
with more titles than Queen Elizabeth II; her groom a civil servant young enough to be her son.
Diez is the duchess's third husband and 25 years her junior.
It emerged ahead of the wedding that
the twice-widowed duchess had divided her 3billion fortune between her six children to convince them that
her suitor was besotted with her rather than her money.
Once they had realised the romance between their mother and Diez was becoming serious her children had mounted a campaign to block any possible marriage.
They suggested publicly that she was emotionally unstable and even attempted to enlist the King of Spain in their efforts.
The duchess's answer was to gift her five sons and daughter with their inheritance in advance.
Diez also relinquished rights to his wife-to-be's fortune in an effort to appease her heirs and convince them that he was not a gold-digger.
She did not givie up her fortune
to marry, rather designated who it will go to once she dies and until
then remains in control of the House of Alba in its entirety, but her actions were enough to persuade most of Diez's detractors – and at least the four children that attended the wedding – that their love was real.
The billionaire Spanish duchess married her toyboy in a ceremony last year
The duchess had to fight for her relationship to be accepted by her children, who thought Diez was a gold-digger
The colourful Royal wed her toyboy in a 15th century palace in Seville last
The eccentric Cayetana
Fitz-James Stuart wore a delicate pale pink gown designed by Victorio y
Lucchino for her third marriage, which took place in front of 38 guests.
Well-wishers donned fancy dress and wigs in an attempt to copy her quirky style as they celebrated in the city’s streets.
The duchess is a distant
relative of Winston Churchill and Princess Diana and is among Spain's most famous people.
Known now for her frizzy white hair,
squeaky voice and wildly colourful clothes she entered Vanity Fair's International Best-Dressed list in 2009 at the age of 83.
A bit of controversy is nothing new in the life of this multi-titled octogenarian.
Last year, she was at the centre of a
sex scandal when Spanish magazine Interviu published a 30-year-old
picture on its front cover of the duchess sunbathing topless in Ibiza.
And in July 2011 the duchess won damages of over
250,000 from a TV station that claimed she cheated on her first husband
with a flamenco dancer.
She doesn't really need the monet though.
Her fortune is estimated at around
3billion but with a large chunk of her wealth tied up in property and
art the figure could be up to 2billion higher.
Upon her death each of the duchess's
children is now guaranteed to receive significant properties: her
eldest, the future Duke of Alba, Carlos will become director of the Alba
foundation and control both the Palacio de Liria and the Palacio de
Monterrey, while the youngest and only daughter, Eugenia, gets a palace
in Ibiza and a vast estate in Andalusia.
She and Diez, a social security
administration employee, are old acquaintances through her second
husband, who was a former priest, and Diez’s brother.
They bumped into each other about three years ago outside a cinema in Madrid and eventually started dating.
Off for lunch: The eccentric duchess and her husband covered up in relaxed beachwear as they strolled off in the afternoon sun
True love: Diez relinquished all rights to the billionaire duchess's fortune to appease her worried family
Wedded bliss: The two seem to be enjoying their first year of marriage
Special day: The wealthy Duchess and her toyboy on their wedding day in Seville in October last year