Berlusconi funeral

Berlusconi funeral – 15,000 attend

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Some 15,000 people filled Milan’s Piazza Duomo for the Silvio Berlusconi funeral in the cathedral on Wednesday, official sources said. Many of them watched the service on big screens set up in the square.

The State funeral of Silvio Berlusconi was held at Milan Cathedral today, which was declared a day of national mourning in his honour.

The four-times ex-premier, centre-right leader and media billionaire died at the age of 86 on Monday. He was suffering from a rare form of leukaemia.

Berlusconi’s coffin was greeted by applause from a crowd of mourners in the square outside the cathedral and received by an inter-force guard of honour. After the coffin was taken inside, his children, Marina, Pier Silvio, Barbara, Eleonora and Luigi, entered behind it along with his partner Marta Fascina.

By the time the coffin reached the altar, Marina and Pier Silvio Berlusconi and the ex-premier’s brother Paolo were in tears. Also crying were Fascina and Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani, the coordinator of Berlusconi’s centre-right Forza Italia (FI) party.

Who attended Berlusconi funeral?

President Sergio Mattarella, PM Giorgia Meloni and Berlusconi’s second ex-wife Veronica Lario were among around 2,000 people attending the funeral.

A delegation from the opposition, centre-left Democratic Party (PD) headed by leader, Elly Schlein, was in attendance too. But ex-premier and opposition 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Giuseppe Conte was not present and neither were Italian Left (SI) leader Nicola Fratoianni or Green chief Angelo Bonelli.

Thousands of people were following the funeral via big screens in the square outside the cathedral with millions watching it live on television. Many of the people in the square are fans of AC Milan.

The media billionaire owned Milan from 1986 until 2017. During that time, the club was crowned European champions five times and won eight Serie A titles on the way to collecting a total of 29 trophies.

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