Hillary Clinton will attend Donald Trump's inauguration

It is tradition for former Presidents to attend the ceremony (Newshub.)
It is tradition for former Presidents to attend the ceremony (Newshub.)

Hillary Clinton and her husband will attend the inauguration of her former rival Donald Trump, despite the pair's famously bitter election battle.

Ms Clinton won the popular vote in the November 9 election by 2.7 million votes, but the Electoral College system saw Mr Trump win the White House.

A Clinton aide has confirmed to US media outlets she and former President Bill Clinton will be at the January 20 ceremony in Washington DC. However, their plans have not been publicly announced yet.

Former US President George W Bush and wife Laura will also attend, as well as outgoing President Barack Obama.

Ms Clinton has been keeping a low profile since the election, making few public appearances, the first of which was at a gala event a week after the election.

"I will admit coming here tonight wasn't the easiest thing for me," Ms Clinton said at The Children's Defense Fund event in Washington.

"There have been a few times this past week when all I've wanted to do is just to curl up with a good book or our dogs and never leave the house again."

A few people also ran into the couple in the woods near her New York home in the days following her election loss.

A spokesman for former President Bush, Freddy Ford, said the couple were "pleased to be able to witness the peaceful transfer of power - a hallmark of American democracy and swearing-in of President Trump and Vice-President Pence".

It is tradition for former presidents to attend the inauguration ceremony, but President Bush's relationship with Mr Trump has been difficult.

His brother Jeb ran against Mr Trump in the Republican primaries, and President Bush and First Lady Bush casted their vote for "none of the above" for president.

However, he did call to congratulate Mr Trump following his victory.