Spanish dictator Francisco Franco was known for his reign in Spain at a time when Spain was devoid of a stable government and economy. The internal division had taken place, and the entire country was on the verge of a breakdown.
However, the rule by Franco was unique and saw as many supporters as haters. Initially, Franco was a ruthless dictator, his policies being too harsh for the people because he never really cared about getting support from the masses.
But after a few years, when World War II ended, he transformed into a bearable ruler. He gained the trust of other countries and the united nations. He reformed his policies and became the head of the Spanish state, which, although officially ruled by Prince Juan Carlos, was ultimately under hid complete control.
Early life of Carmen
Not much was known about Dictator Francisco Franco’s life, but he had a daughter called Carmen. Thus, it became major news when it came out that the daughter of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco dies at the age of 91 on 29th December 2017.
María del Carmen Franco y Polo was the only daughter for Francisco Franco, and she passed away on a Friday in her home at Madrid. The cause of her death was terminal cancer. She had one grandson named Luis Alfonso de Borbón. Alfonso announced the demise of his grandmother on Instagram ad it was confirmed by her biographer, Nieves Herrero, who is a journalist by profession.
Naturally, when the daughter of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco dies, the matter about the entire history comes up, it became sensational news to know about Carmen’s life. Dictator Francisco Franco was married to María del Carmen in 1924, and two years after their marriage, on 18th September 1926, Marìa del Carmen Franco was born in the city of Oviedo.
Although she had taken classes and did her high school clearance exams under the guidance of a personal tutor, she had never taken any exams officially. Franco was always traveling from one military base camp to another in Spain, and thus, the childhood for Carmen was very peripatetic.
Franco as a loving father and husband
There were always assassination threats on Franco’s life, and that was another reason to keep moving. In the Canary Islands, she lived a tranquil life. Carmen’s nickname at home was Nenuca. She was also fondly called Morita.
In 2008, Carmen published her memoir called “my Father,” in which she wrote that he was very loving, caring, and affectionate to her, and she loved and adored him dearly as well.
Franco was a very caring father and husband and always looked out for his family to keep them safe and away from danger. In France, Carmen and his wife stayed under hidden identities, and Carmen was known by the name María Teresa Martínez-Valdés.
However, when the coup staged by Franco became successful, and he became the dictator of Spain, Nenuca became known in public with the name Carmencita.
Traveling and shifting in Spain
When Carmen returned to Spain, she shifted home from one palace to another. At first, she took residence in the Salamanca Palace, and then she moved to the palace in Burgos. Then the family moved to Madrid, where they first stayed in Viñuelas castle.
Finally, they moved to El Prado palace in March 1940, where she remained till 1975, the year in which Franco died. Carmen continued with her life after her father’s demise, and in 1950, she got married to the Marquis of Villaverde, Cristóbal Martínez-Bordiú. She and Cristóbal had seven children.
Carmen lived a tranquil life; however, in 2017, she announced that she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer.
The National Francisco Franco Foundation
The National Francisco Franco Foundation was made in the honor and praise of the dictator, Franco, for ruling Spain successfully until his death. Carmen was the honorary president of this institution and continued her role until the time she died.
In the vicinity of the people of Madrid, a mass was held in the memory of Franco, and she joined the other participants of the mass to give a fascist salute to the dictator outside the church.
Daughter of Spanish dictator Francisco Franco dies
On the 40th anniversary of Franco’s death, in November 2015, Carmencita came into media to declare and clear the controversy of Franco’s remains being moved from Valle de Los Caídos that was near Madrid, saying that it was best not to disturb the dead and let them rest in peace.
Her children and grandchildren stayed with her during her last month, and she left a fortune worth more than €500 million after she passed away.Read more →