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George H. W. Bush was celebrated with high praise and loving humour Wednesday as the nation bade farewell to the man who was America’s 41st president and the last to fight for the U.S. in wartime. Three former presidents looked on at Washington National Cathedral and a fourth — George W. Bush — eulogized his dad.

The flag drapped casket of former US President George H. W. Bush is viewed at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

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Former President George W. Bush touches the casket of his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the State Funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington.

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From left, President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump, former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter, listen as former President George W. Bush speaks during the state funeral for former U.S. President George H. W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

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The casket of President George H. W. Bush arrives at his state funeral service at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

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Former President George W. Bush smiles with his brother Jeb Bush at the state funeral for their father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington.

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Former President George W. Bush speaks during the State Funeral for his father, former President George H.W. Bush, at the National Cathedral.

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U.S. President George W. Bush reaches across in front of U.S. President Donald Trump, first lady Melania Trump and former President Barack Obama to slip former first lady Michelle Obama a present from his pocket as they stand in the front row with former President Bill Clinton, former first lady Hillary Clinton and former first lady Rosalynn Carter at the start of the state funeral for his father former U.S. President George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, U.S.

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Former President George W. Bush touches his fathers casket before speaking during the State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington.

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Former U.S. President George W. Bush pauses for a moment while giving a eulogy during the state funeral service of his father, former President George W. Bush at the National Cathedral.

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell, second from right, arrives at a State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington.

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Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, center, shakes hands with former President George W. Bush, right, after speaking during the State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington.

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Service members prepare for the remains of President George H.W. Bush to be transported from the U.S. Capitol to the National Cathedral in Washington.

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The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is placed into a hearse by a joint services military honor guard at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel confers with former US vice president Dan Quayle during the state funeral of former US president George H.W. Bush at the Washington National Cathedral.

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Professional golfer Phil Mickelson, center, arrives for the State Funeral of former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington.

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Canadian military officers salute outside the Canadian Embassy as the remains of former US President George H. W. Bush are transferred to the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

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Former President George Bush touches the flag-draped casket of his father, former President George H.W. Bush.

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The honor guard departs after the coffin bearing the remains of former President George H.W. Bush is carried from the Capitol in Washington en route to the National Cathedral.

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The coffin bearing the remains of former President George H.W. Bush is carried from the Capitol in Washington en route to the National Cathedral.

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The State Funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington.

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The Canadian flag flies at half mast on the Peace tower in memory of former US President George Bush in Ottawa.

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The remains of former US President George H. W. Bush arrive at the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

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Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney shakes hands with former President George W. Bush during the State Funeral for former US President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington.

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Members of the Bush family look on as the remains of former US President George H.W. Bush are transported from the US Capitol to the National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

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The flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush is carried by a joint services military honor guard down the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

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Jenna Bush Hager, the daughter of former President George Bush, touches the casket of former President George H.W. Bush after speaking at his State Funeral at the National Cathedral in Washington.

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Rudy Guiliani, center, and other guests, arrive for the State Funeral of former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral in Washington.

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney (C) greet s former President Barack Obama during the state funeral for former President George H.W. Bush at the National Cathedral.

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The flag-draped casket of former US President George H.W. Bushat the State Funeral at the National Cathedral, in Washington, DC.

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