Prince Charles to attend George H.W. Bush's funeral in Washington
The Prince of Wales will pay his respects to George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, who passed away last Friday.
Charles will be representing his mother, Queen Elizabeth, as well as the rest of the Royal Family, at Bush's funeral on Wednesday.
The announcement was made by Clarence House, Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles' official residence, on its Twitter page.
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"The Prince of Wales will attend the state funeral of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush,” the post read. “The service will take place tomorrow at The National Cathedral in Washington. The Prince will be representing Her Majesty The Queen.”
The Queen has sent the following message to the President of the United States of America and to the people of America following the death of President George H W Bush.— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) December 1, 2018
Read the message in full here: https://t.co/gJoDKXLw1B
Queen Elizabeth had already paid tribute to the late President on Saturday. She shared her condolences with the American People through a statement posted on the Royal Family's official website.
According to the Queen, Bush was a "great friend and ally of the United Kingdom," which was why it was with great sadness that she learned of his passing.
The Prince of Wales will attend the state funeral of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush. The service will take place tomorrow at The National Cathedral in Washington.— The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (@ClarenceHouse) December 4, 2018
The Prince will be representing Her Majesty The Queen.
A HERO WORTHY OF HIGH HONORS
The monarch described the 94-year-old as a patriot, who not only served his country "with honor and distinction" while in Office but also during World War II as a Navy aviator.
Bush became the 12th President to lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, with the last Presidential funeral having taken place in 2006 when former President Gerald Ford died of arteriosclerotic cerebrovascular disease and diffuse arteriosclerosis.
TRUMP AND MELANIA'S SHORT VISIT
Several people have paid their respects to Bush, including Vice-President Mike Pence, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, President Trump, and First Lady Melania.
Trump and Melania arrived hand-in-hand on Monday and saluted the former politician's casket before leaving. It has been reported that their visit didn't last longer than 75 seconds.