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State funeral for former Spanish PM

King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain joined tens for thousands of people for the state funeral of former Spanish prime minister Adolfo Suarez, who died on 23 March. The procession and ceremony in Madrid was attended by several other royals and political leaders from around the world. Suarez was Spain’s first democratically elected prime minister after the death of dictator General Franco, and is considered a key figure in the country’s transition to democracy.

State funeral for former Spanish PM
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (2ndL) attends the funeral ceremony held for former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez in the Cathedral of Avila on March 25, 2014. Tens of thousands of people bid a final farewell Tuesday to Adolfo Suarez, the statesman who led Spain to democracy after the Franco dictatorship, as his flag-draped coffin was borne through the streets of Madrid before his burial. Suarez died on March 23, 2014 aged 81. (AFP/Getty Images)
State funeral for former Spanish PM
Local police carry the flag-draped coffin of former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez in the Cathedral of Avila during the funeral ceremony on March 25, 2014. Tens of thousands of people bid a final farewell Tuesday to Adolfo Suarez, the statesman who led Spain to democracy after the Franco dictatorship, as his flag-draped coffin was borne through the streets of Madrid before his burial. Suarez died on March 23, 2014 aged 81. (AFP/Getty Images)
State funeral for former Spanish PM
Local police carry the flag-draped coffin of former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez in the Cathedral of Avila on March 25, 2014. Tens of thousands of people bid a final farewell Tuesday to Adolfo Suarez, the statesman who led Spain to democracy after the Franco dictatorship, as his flag-draped coffin was borne through the streets of Madrid before his burial. Suarez died on March 23, 2014 aged 81. (AFP/Getty Images)
State funeral for former Spanish PM
People attend the funeral ceremony for former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez at the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid on March 31, 2014. Adolfo Suarez, the prime minister who led Spain to democracy after decades of dictatorship and became its first elected premier after the death of General Francisco Franco, died on March 23 aged 81. (AFP/Getty Images)
State funeral for former Spanish PM
(From L) Spain's Crown Prince Felipe and his wife Letizia attend the funeral ceremony for former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez at the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid on March 31, 2014. Adolfo Suarez, the prime minister who led Spain to democracy after decades of dictatorship and became its first elected premier after the death of General Francisco Franco, died on March 23 aged 81. (AFP/Getty Images)
State funeral for former Spanish PM
People attend the funeral procession of former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez in Madrid on March 25, 2014. Tens of thousands of people bid a final farewell Tuesday to Adolfo Suarez, the statesman who led Spain to democracy after the Franco dictatorship, as his flag-draped coffin was borne through the streets of Madrid before his burial. Suarez died on March 23, 2014 aged 81. (AFP/Getty Images)
State funeral for former Spanish PM
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (R), relatives, officials and citizens attend the funeral procession of former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez in Madrid on March 25, 2014. Tens of thousands of people bid a final farewell Tuesday to Adolfo Suarez, the statesman who led Spain to democracy after the Franco dictatorship, as his flag-draped coffin was borne through the streets of Madrid before his burial. Suarez died on March 23, 2014 aged 81. (AFP/Getty Images)
State funeral for former Spanish PM
Horses pull the carriage with former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez's flag-draped coffin during a funeral procession in Madrid on March 25, 2014. Tens of thousands of people bid a final farewell Tuesday to Adolfo Suarez, the statesman who led Spain to democracy after the Franco dictatorship, as his flag-draped coffin was borne through the streets of Madrid before his burial. Suarez died on March 23, 2014 aged 81. (AFP/Getty Images)
State funeral for former Spanish PM
(From L) Spain's King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia, Crown Prince Felipe, his wife Letizia and Archbishop of Madrid Rouco Varela attend the funeral ceremony for former Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez at the Almudena Cathedral in Madrid on March 31, 2014. Adolfo Suarez, the prime minister who led Spain to democracy after decades of dictatorship and became its first elected premier after the death of General Francisco Franco, died on March 23 aged 81. (AFP/Getty Images)