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Friday 20 September 2019

In Pictures: Washington bids farewell to George HW Bush

A state funeral service was held at Washington National Cathedral after thousands saw the former president lying in state at the Capitol Rotunda.

The flag-draped coffin of former President George H. W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honour guard (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
The flag-draped coffin of former President George H. W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honour guard (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

By Associated Press Reporters

Family, former colleagues and dignitaries from around the world have attended a state funeral service for former US president George HW Bush, capping three days of remembrance in Washington DC.

The flag-draped coffin of the 41st president was carried down the US Capitol steps in a solemn procession, with members of the Bush family watching and a cannon salute.

The hearse was driven in a motorcade to the Washington National Cathedral ceremony, slowing in front of the White House along a route lined with people, bundled in winter hats and taking photos.

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George HW Bush lies in state in the US Capitol Rotunda (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)
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Native Americans Donald Woody and Warren Stade of the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community tribe pay their last respects (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
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George HW Bush’s service dog Sully at the viewing (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
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Donald Trump salutes as he and first lady Melania Trump pay their respects (Shawn Thew/AP)
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The flag-draped coffin is carried from the US Capitol by a military honour guard (Alex Brandon/AP)
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The hearse slows in front of the White House (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)
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Spectators line the route (J Scott Applewhite/AP)
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The coffin is carried into the cathedral (Andrew Harnik/AP)
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The Prince of Wales and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were among the dignitaries at the service (Evan Vucci/AP)
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Hillary Clinton greets Barack Obama (Andrew Harnik/AP)
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Donald Trump shakes hands with Barack Obama (Carolyn Kaster/AP)
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George W Bush pauses as he delivers his eulogy (Alex Brandon/AP)
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It was an emotional occasion for the former president (Alex Brandon, Pool/AP)
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The flag-draped coffin of former president George HW Bush is carried out by a military honour guard (Andrew Harnik, Pool/AP)

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