Italy bid farewell to former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on Wednesday. The funeral of the political chief was marked by the presence of his household, his two ex-wives and hundreds of civilians who got here to pay their respects.
Crowds waved flags of soccer membership AC Milan, which Berlusconi has owned for greater than three a long time, and chanted “Silvio, Silvio” as his coffin was carried into Milan’s Gothic cathedral.
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Inside had been about 2,300 mourners, together with girls, politicians and businessmen, who accompanied the 86-year-old man throughout his rise to energy and wealth.
The funeral was attended by most of Italy’s social gathering leaders, together with Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni, whose unprecedented choice to declare a nationwide day of mourning drew criticism from some commentators and politicians.
His present companion Marta Vasina, 33, stayed with the billionaire’s kids. Marina, Berlusconi’s eldest daughter and head of the Fininvest royal household, held Facina’s hand as she arrived on the funeral.
Vashina firmly held a place within the household. She and Berlusconi have by no means been married, however final yr they exchanged rings in a symbolic ceremony and he publicly referred to as her his “spouse”.
There have been two ex-wives of the billionaire. Veronica Lario, who married him on the time of the “Bunga-Bungas” scandal, and Francesca Pascal, who has been married to Berlusconi for 10 years, divorced in 2020.
A supply near the household advised Reuters that Berlusconi will cremate and preserve his ashes in a mausoleum he constructed for himself and his household on the land of his villa outdoors Milan.
Then the coffin was taken to Berlusconi’s villa, the place the previous chief will stay till cremation in a couple of days.
All through his life, Berlusconi has constructed a big household of 5 kids, greater than a dozen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In accordance with Forbes, he additionally leaves a fortune estimated at round $6.8 billion USD (33 billion R$).