SPAIN: The Long March

The star of the show was Generalissimo Franco, who had been 20 years in power, but the monarchists of Madrid had their own special reason for making the most of the Victory Parade. For days beforehand they distributed bright green handbills announcing what Franco's censored press had kept to itself—that 21-year-old Prince Juan Carlos de Borbon y Borbon, grandson of Spain's last King, Alfonso XIII, would be marching as one of the air cadets.

From the monarchists' point of view, the parade started auspiciously enough: Franco got only light applause as he mounted the reviewing stand to the strains of...

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