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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to attend George H.W. Bush funeral

Visitors file past the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey will be among state, national and international leaders attending the funeral of President George H.W. Bush on Wednesday.

Ducey’s office confirmed Tuesday morning he would make the trip to the Washington National Cathedral to honor the former president who died Friday at the age of 94.

Presidents Donald Trump, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and Prince Charles were also expected to attend.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden, Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, also were scheduled to attend.

Bush’s casket arrived in Washington on Monday. His body will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol Rotunda until it is taken to the cathedral.

His casket will be transported by motorcade, where the state funeral will begin around 9 a.m. Arizona time.

George W. Bush will deliver the eulogy.

Ducey ordered flags on Arizona state buildings be flown at half-staff until Dec. 30 in remembrance of the 41st president.

“It is with a heavy heart that we say goodbye to George H.W. Bush – a president, a veteran, a father, grandfather and great-grandfather — an American patriot,” Ducey said in a partial statement shortly after the announcement of Bush’s passing.

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