After Franco, Who?

  • Charles Powell
Part of the St Antony’s Series book series

Abstract

Contrary to what Juan Carlos had hoped, the regime did not immediately modify its treatment of him in the wake of his wedding. On 23 February 1963, after attending the annual requiem mass for Spain’s monarchs presided over by Franco at El Escorial, their first public appearance together, Juan Carlos and Sofía were dismayed to discover that state-owned television had failed to mention their presence altogether. General Castañón, who was on good personal terms with Juan Carlos, hastened to inform the minister of information of the prince’s disappointment. Manuel Fraga, who had not been noted for his monarchist sympathies in the past, agreed to exert greater control over his subordinates in future, a promise he was not always able to keep. In May, however, Franco invited Juan Carlos to occupy a prominent place during the official funeral for Pope John XXIII.1

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