Turks paid their final respects on Saturday to the most senior member of the former Ottoman dynasty at his funeral in Istanbul, which ministers attended in a sign of official recognition for the former exile.
He was the last Ottoman grandson who was born in the palace.
Hundreds of mourners filled the courtyard of the Blue Mosque in the historic centre of Turkey's largest city and lined up before the coffin, draped in a Turkish flag, of Osman Ertugrul Osmanoglu.
Three ministers attended the funeral of Osmanoglu, whose grandfather Abdulhamit II was the last Ottoman sultan to rule with absolute power.
Osmanoglu, dubbed the "last Ottoman" by the Turkish media, died in an Istanbul hospital of kidney failure on Wednesday at the age of 97.
Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan granted Osmanoglu Turkish citizenship in 2004.
Abdulhamit II was the 34th Ottoman sultan and ruled during the decline of the Ottoman State until he was deposed in 1909 and succeeded by Mehmed V.
Osmanoglu, born in 1912 in an Istanbul palace, and other members of his family were exiled when the Ottoman Empire collapsed and was succeeded by the Turkish Republic in 1923.
He spent much of his life in the United States and came to Turkey in 1992 under an amnesty.
Even though he lived in US 60 years, Osman Efendi rejected any other passport but his own country, not received American citizenship, and traveled with the special certificates called "travel document" in his entire life.
His funeral prayer was performed in the Blue Mosque.
Osman Ertugrul Efendi, called as "the last Ottoman", will be buried near Ottoman Sultans II Mahmut, II Abdulhamit and Abdulaziz after the signature of Minister Council, according to historian Murat Bardakci said.
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