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Prince Charles to attend Bush’s funeral in Washington, D.C.”

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump on Tuesday will offer their condolences to the "wonderful" Bush family during a private visit to the Blair House on Tuesday, the president announced by tweet.

The president and first lady made a trip to the U.S. Capitol Monday night to pay their respects to former President George H.W. Bush, who is lying in state in the Capitol Rotunda ahead of the state funeral Wednesday.

President Trump, who will attend the funeral at the Bush family's invitation, declared a national day of mourning for Wednesday and ordered all executive offices and government agencies to close for the day.

Ceremonies are underway to honor the 41st president, who served from 1989 to 1993.

Pence also praised Bush's leadership as commander-in-chief in the first Iraq war - and spoke about a letter Bush had written to his son, Michael J. Pence, a marine aviator assigned to the USS George H.W. Bush, the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, after his first flight.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner urged residents to wear colorful socks at an evening event in front of City Hall in a nod to one of the late former president's favorite fashion accessories.

Bush was elected USA president in 1988 as the successor to Ronald Reagan. "This is the way the country says goodbye to presidents". He said Bush showed other political leaders that "how we live is as important as what we achieve".

Pence said that the last correspondence his family had with the former president was a letter and photo that his son, USMC Lt. Michael Pence, received in August.

A member of the military takes a photo as the sun rises behind Special Air Mission 41, the plane that will transfer the casket of former President George H.W. Bush to Washington, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, in Houston.



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