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« on: October 24, 2019, 02:53:25 PM »

Originally posted in the topic with regard to French (former) royals and nobels, but this has also links with Spain. Therefore not sure where to post it.

Francisco Franco, the Spanish general and politician who ruled over Spain as head of state and dictator under the title Caudillo from 1939, after the Nationalist victory in the Spanish Civil War, until his death in 1975

Today, after a long battle between family, government and others, general Franco's remains was removed from Valle de los Caídos, a colossal memorial built by the forced labour of political prisoners in order to honour the casualties of the Spanish Civil War.
By car and helicopter his remains will be transferred to the cemetery in Mingorubbio, where his wife Carmen is already burried.

The coffin with Franco's remains were carried out of monument of Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos by Franco's grandchildren. See the clip at the following link

If I am correct the man in front at the right side is Prince Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou, head of house of Bourbon, pretender to the defunct French throne. He is not a grandchild of Franco, but a great grandchild.

Franco had 1 child: María del Carmen Franco y Polo, 1st Duchess of Franco, Grandee of Spain, Marchioness of Villaverde (1926-2017). She and her husband Cristóbal Martínez-Bordiú, 10th Marquis of Villaverde (1922-1998) provided Franco with 7 grandchildren.

Their oldest child and daughter María del Carmen Martínez-Bordiú y Franco, 2nd Duchess of Franco (1951) was married to Prince Alfonso, Duke of Anjou (1936-1989) (

María del Carmen Martínez-Bordiú y Franco and Prince Alfonso, Duke of Anjou had 2 sons together: Don Francisco de Asís de Borbón y Martínez-Bordiú (1972-1984) and Don Luis Alfonso de Borbón y Martínez-Bordiú (aka Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou) (1974). After Alfonso and Carmen were civilly divorced, Alfonso obtained custody of his two sons. On 7 February 1984 in Pamplona, Alfonso was driving home with his sons from a ski trip in the Pyrenees. His car collided with a truck. His eldest son Francisco de Asís was killed in the accident; his younger son Luis-Alfonso was in hospital for a month; Alfonso himself required six operations. Alfonso died in a skiing accident in Beaver Creek Resort, Eagle County, Colorado, on 30 January 1989.He collided with a cable which was being raised to support a banner at the finish line of a course at the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships.

Francisco Franco --> María del Carmen Franco y Polo --> María del Carmen Martínez-Bordiú y Franco --> Luis Alfonso de Borbón y Martínez-Bordiú / prince Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou
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