The Duchess, known to her friends as Gayetana, claims 47 titles, 18 of which carry "the dignity of Grancee of Spain." She does not have to kneel before the Pope. She alone, it is said, can ride into the Seville Cathedral on horseback. And since the Duchess is a descendant of James II, it has been claimed that Queen Elizabeth, an upstart Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, should bow to her.
Photography by Simon Watson