Tuesday 27 September 2016

Well-known faces among mourners gathered for Nancy Reagan funeral in California

Published 11/03/2016 | 20:16

Pall bearers move the casket of Nancy Reagan out of the public viewing area at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California March 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jae C. Hong/Pool
Pall bearers move the casket of Nancy Reagan out of the public viewing area at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California March 10, 2016. REUTERS/Jae C. Hong/Pool
Patti Davis, daughter of Nancy Reagan, speaks at her mothers funeral at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Television journalist Tom Brokaw speaks at the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Former Secretary of State James Baker speaks at the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
The casket carrying Nancy Reagan arrives for the funeral service at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Former President George W. Bush, left, and Hillary Clinton arrive at the funeral service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Televison journalist Diane Sawyer gives a Gospel Reading at the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
California Gov. Jerry Brown, left, and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at the funeral service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Former President George W. Bush and Laura Bush arrive for the funeral service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger arrives for the funeral service for Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Friday, March 11, 2016 in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Former Prime Minister of Canada Brian Mulroney, who served while Ronald Reagan was president, speaks at the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
First lady Michelle Obama arrives for the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
California Governor Jerry Brown (4th R), first lady Michelle Obama (3rd R), former first lady Laura Bush (2nd R) and former President George W. Bush REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
A military honor guard arrives carrying the coffin during the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Entertainer Mr. T arrives for the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Television personality Larry King and his wife Shawn arrive for the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger arrives for the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S House of Representatives, and his wife Callista arrive for the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
Television personality Larry King and his wife Shawn arrive for the funeral of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, United States, March 11, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
The armed forces body bearer team move the casket of Nancy Reagan out of the public viewing area at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, Thursday, March 10, 2016, in Simi Valley, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, Pool)

Mourners are attending Nancy Reagan's funeral at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California.

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Early arrivals included former Reagan administration official Ed Meese, Katie Couric, Larry King, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, television writer and producer Norman Lear.

Also there were actress Bo Derek, actor Tom Selleck and singer Johnny Mathis. Mathis became friends with Nancy Reagan and often visited her home in the Bel Air area of Los Angeles, where she died on Sunday aged 94. Mathis said he and the former first lady enjoyed singing together.

The funeral concludes with burial next to the coffin of Ronald Reagan, who died in 2004.

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