In spite of their/them arriving late, she was happy.

I wrote this sentence in meaning "Although they arrived late, she was happy."

Is this structure correct? If not, how should I write it properly?

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Your sentence is correct. 'In spite of' and 'although' are both used to show contrast and mean the same.

'in spite of' (and 'despite') are used before a noun or pronoun:

In spite of their arriving late

Despite their arriving late

'although' is used before a subject and a verb:

Although they arrived late

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