Sunday 25 February 2018

Michelle Obama to attend Nancy Reagan's funeral

Nancy Reagan with her husband, former US president Ronald Reagan
Nancy Reagan with her husband, former US president Ronald Reagan

US first lady Michelle Obama will attend Nancy Reagan's funeral, the White House has announced.

The private funeral for the wife of former president Ronald Reagan will be held on Friday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. Mrs Reagan will be buried next to her husband at the library.

Details on others who would be attending the funeral were not released.

Mrs Reagan, 94, died of congestive heart failure at her Los Angeles home on Sunday.

Her 93-year-old husband, the nation's 40th president, died on June 5 2004. His remains were flown to Washington DC to lie in state in the rotunda of the US Capitol and then a service at the Washington National Cathedral. His coffin was then flown back to California.

Tens of thousands of mourners filed past his coffin in the days before his interment service at the library, tucked into hills north west of Los Angeles.

After the service, a tearful Mrs Reagan kissed and stroked her husband's coffin while clutching an American flag. "I love you," she said quietly.

Press Association

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