A funeral service for the victims of Monday’s train crash in the Spanish city of Valencia is taking place this evening.
Forty one people died when the metro train derailed near Jesus station in what was Spain’s worst underground train accident.
King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia, the prime minister and other senior politicians are attending the ceremony in the cathedral. The burials will take place over the coming days.
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero cut short an official trip in India to fly home.
Valencia – Spain’s third city – has declared three days of mourning.
And earlier a five-minute silence for the victims of the crash was observed across the country.
Bunches of red and white carnations and candles have been left outside the metro station.
At least 45 passengers were also injured in the accident, two of whem are in a critical condition.
Doctors and nurses at the local hospital also paid their respects. They have been praised for the way they handled the crisis.