In photo, Bush's service dog honors the late president

Bush's service dog Dec. 2 2018. Image Credit TWITTER  Jim McGrath

The casket will then be flown back on the presidential plane to Houston, where the former head of state will lie in repose at St Martin's Episcopal Church - where the Bushes worshiped for decades - until a funeral service at 17:00 GMT on Thursday.

"He was just a high-quality man who truly loved his family", Trump said Saturday while in Argentina.

From there, the president's casket will be taken to the U.S. Capitol in Washington.

With hands on hearts, members of Bush's cabinet, lawmakers and Supreme Court justices honoured the 41st president as his flag-draped casket entered the Capitol Rotunda.

President Bush will be interred next to his wife Barbara, and his daughter Robin.

Remembrances to George and Barbara Bush sprang up in the Houston neighbourhood where they made their home, at a memorial to President Bush at a city park and at the airport named in his honour.

The former president's remains will be flown to Washington, D.C. on Monday following a departure ceremony in Houston, Texas. "One thing that came through loud and clear, he was very proud of his family and very much loved his family".

A spokeswoman confirms former President Jimmy Carter plans to attend the state funeral on Wednesday.

Bush served as Central Intelligence Agency director when Carter first ran for president 1976.

Bush's passing has led to an outpouring of remembrances for the humble and gentlemanly statesman, whose life and service was seen to stand in direct contrast to the vitriol and partisanship that has enveloped elected politics in recent years.

The 41st President will be carried to his final rest wearing socks that pay tribute to his lifetime of service, starting as an 18 year-old naval aviator in war. He was elected to the first of two terms in Congress in 1967.

Four years later, Bush joined the Ronald Reagan Republican ticket that routed Carter in the 1980 presidential election.

Baker instead emphasised his friend's foreign policy successes: Navigating the end of the Cold War, negotiating two nuclear arms reduction treaties, and summoning a varied global coalition to eject Iraqi troops from Kuwait in the first Gulf War.

"Who would have thought that I would be working with Bill Clinton of all people?" he joked in 2005.

Bush replied: "Good, that's where I want to go".

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