Ten of thousands of Spaniards bade General Francisco Franco an emotional farewell on Sunday (23 November), as he was buried in the Valley of the Fallen near Madrid.
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Background: Ten of thousands of Spaniards bade General Francisco Franco an emotional farewell on Sunday (23 November), as he was buried in the Valley of the Fallen near Madrid. A simple granite slab engraved only with his name and a cross marks his tomb in the basilica he had built for soldiers who died in the Spanish Civil War.
The 82-year-old leader, who had been Spain's head of state for 36 years and was Europe's last dictator, died on Thursday (20 November) after a series of illnesses.
The pomp and ceremony that surrounded his burial started with a requiem Mass in Madrid's Oriente Square, during which thousands of mourners chanted Franco's name and waved white handkerchiefs in farewell.
King Juan Carlos the First, who was sworn in as the country's new leader the previous day, watched impassively as troops paraded before General Franco's mahogany coffin, surmounted by a crucifix.
The coffin was put on ? gun-carriage and escorted by mounted lancers of the ceremonial guard for the 36-mile (58 kilometre) journey to the Valley of the Fallen.