THE ONLY CHILD of former Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, Maria del Carmen Franco y Polo, passed away last Friday at her home in Madrid.
She was 91 and had been suffering from cancer.
Born in Oviedo, Spain on September 18, 1926, Carmen as she was known, was the only daughter of Franco and his wife Maria del Carmen Polo.
As honorary chairman of the National Francisco Franco Foundation and Duchess of Franco, she played a role in protecting her father’s legacy following his death in 1975.
In April 1950, Carmen married Cristobal Martínez-Bordiu, a heart surgeon from Villaverde, with whom she had seven children.
Martinez-Bordiu died in 1998.
During her last months, Carmen was surrounded by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In a heartfelt message on Instagram, her grandson Alfonso de Borbon announced “God has taken Man (her nickname) (RIP) but she has not gone: she will be forever in my heart.”
He added “You will always be my super-granny, my second mother, one of my pillars and my example to follow.”