Adolfo Suarez, Spain's first democratically elected prime minister, has been laid to rest. He died on Sunday at age 81 after suffering from Alzheimer's disease for a decade.

His body lay in state for 24 hours, and people queued outside parliament from early morning to pay their respects. His coffin was then borne through Madrid on a horse-drawn carriage during a funeral procession and taken to Avila, northwest of the capital, for burial in the cathedral.

Soldiers march outside parliament before the coffin begins its journey from Madrid to Avila
Soldiers march outside parliament before the coffin begins its journey from Madrid to AvilaGetty
Military pallbearers carry the coffin out of the Spanish parliament in Madrid at the start of his funeral procession
Military pallbearers carry the coffin out of the Spanish parliament in Madrid at the start of his funeral processionReuters
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (C), Parliament Chairman Jesus Posada (L) and Senate Chairman Pio Garcia Escudero watch as the coffin of the former Prime Ministeris carried by military pallbearers
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy (C), Parliament Chairman Jesus Posada (L) and Senate Chairman Pio Garcia Escudero watch as the coffin of the former Prime Ministeris carried by military pallbearersReuters
Soldiers march at Cibeles Square in Madrid as the coffin of former Spanish prime minister Adolfo Suarez makes its way to Avila for his burial
Soldiers march at Cibeles Square in Madrid as the coffin of former Spanish prime minister Adolfo Suarez makes its way to Avila for his burialGetty
A horse-drawn carriage carries the coffin of former Adolfo Suarez during his funeral procession in Madrid
A horse-drawn carriage carries the coffin of former Adolfo Suarez during his funeral procession in MadridReuters
Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla attends the funeral of Spain's former Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez in Madrid
Spanish bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla attends the funeral of Spain's former Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez in MadridReuters
A man holds an old photo of himself with Adolfo Suarez as he waits for the former PM's coffin to arrive at the Cathedral of Avila
A man holds an old photo of himself with Adolfo Suarez as he waits for the former PM's coffin to arrive at the Cathedral of AvilaReuters
Friends and family look on as municipal police pallbearers carry the coffin into the Cathedral in Avila, northwest of Madrid
Friends and family look on as municipal police pallbearers carry the coffin into the Cathedral in Avila, northwest of MadridReuters
Relatives walk behind the coffin as it is carried by members of the municipal police into Avila's Cathedral for his burial
Relatives walk behind the coffin as it is carried by members of the municipal police into Avila's Cathedral for his burialReuters
The coffin of Spain's former Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez is seen during his funeral mass before being buried inside Avila's Cathedral
The coffin of Spain's former Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez is seen during his funeral mass before being buried inside Avila's CathedralReuters
Adolfo Suarez's coffin is lowered into his grave inside the Cathedral of Avila
Adolfo Suarez's coffin is lowered into his grave inside the Cathedral of AvilaReuters
The cover of the grave where Spain's former Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez was buried is seen inside Avila Cathedral
The cover of the grave where Spain's former Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez was buried is seen inside Avila CathedralReuters

 Spain held three days of mourning for one of the key architects of the country's transition from dictatorship to democracy in the 1970s following decades of right-wing rule under Gen. Francisco Franco.

In 1976, King Juan Carlos chose Suarez to guide the country toward a democratic parliamentary monarchy after Franco's death a year earlier. He was prime minister until 1981 and retired from politics in 1991.

In his honour, the government has announced that Madrid's Barajas airport would now be called Adolfo Suarez, Madrid-Barajas airport.

Spain's King Juan Carlos greets Adolfo Suarez Illana, son of the former Prime Minister
Spain's King Juan Carlos greets Adolfo Suarez Illana, son of the former Prime MinisterReuters
Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia stand in front of the coffin during his wake at the Spanish parliament in Madrid
Crown Prince Felipe and Princess Letizia stand in front of the coffin during his wake at the Spanish parliament in MadridReuters
Spain's former Prime Ministers - Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Jose Maria Aznar and Felipe Gonzalez - stand together as they attend the wake for Adolfo Suarez
Spain's former Prime Ministers - Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Jose Maria Aznar and Felipe Gonzalez - stand together as they attend the wake for Adolfo SuarezReuters
Bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla attends the wake of Spain's former Prime Minister in Madrid
Bullfighter Juan Jose Padilla attends the wake of Spain's former Prime Minister in MadridReuters
A woman holds a book about Adolfo Suarez as she queues up to pay her respects to the former prime minister at the funeral chapel of the Spanish parliament in Madrid
A woman holds a book about Adolfo Suarez as she queues up to pay her respects to the former prime minister at the funeral chapel of the Spanish parliament in MadridGetty
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia are received at Barajas airport by the Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez, on 24 June 1979. In the wake of Suarez's death, the Spanish government has announced that it will rename Madrid's main Barajas airport after him
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia are received at Barajas airport by the Spanish Prime Minister Adolfo Suarez, on 24 June 1979. In the wake of Suarez's death, the Spanish government has announced that it will rename Madrid's main Barajas airport after himGetty