Flamboyant Spanish aristocrat the Duchess Of Alba has died, aged 88.

Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, the 18th Duchess of Alba, passed away on Thursday (20Nov14) after battling a bout of pneumonia at a hospital in Seville, Spain.

She was descended from royalty and became a high-profile figure in Spain and a leading socialite, entertaining guests including America's former First Lady Jackie Kennedy and Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco, over the years.

The Duchess also claimed a place in the Guinness World Records book as the most-titled noble in the world, boasting more than 40.