Prince of Wales to attend funeral of former US president George Bush

The Prince of Wales is to attend the state funeral of former US president George HW Bush, Clarence House said.

Charles will pay his respects at the service at the National Cathedral in Washington on Wednesday December 5.

The prince will be representing the Queen, who paid a warm tribute to the former American leader following his death at the age of 94.

George Bush with the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 1989
George Bush with the Queen at Buckingham Palace in 1989 (Martin Keene/PA)

In her message of condolence to US President Donald Trump and the American people, the Queen described Mr Bush Snr as “a great friend and ally of the United Kingdom” and a patriot who served his country with honour and distinction.

She recalled her trip to see him in the US, saying: “Prince Philip and I remember our days in Texas in 1991 with great fondness.”

Prince of Wales with George Bush
George Bush with the Prince of Wales at the American Air Museum of Great Britain at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, in 2002 (Andrew Parsons/PA)

Mr Bush Snr also met the Prince of Wales, and they were pictured together at the rededication ceremony of the American Air Museum of Great Britain at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire in 2002.

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