Barbara Bush laid to rest

The matriarch of one of the United States' most prominent political dynasties has been fare welled this morning.

Former First Lady Barbara Bush died earlier this week, aged 92.

More than 1000 mourners, including the Obamas and Clintons, gathered at a Houston church with 1500 others for the memorial.

Ms Bush, the wife of the 41st president of the US George HW Bush, and the mother of the 43rd, George W Bush, was remembered at an invitation-only service at St Martin's Episcopal Church, where she and her family have been members since the 1950s.

Current first lady Melania Trump attended, but her husband Donald Trump didn't.

Mr Trump clashed with the Bush family during his 2016 campaign. The White House said earlier this week that he wanted to avoid disrupting the service with added security.

In a Twitter post, Mr Trump said his "thoughts and prayers are with the entire Bush family".

Ms Bush will be buried on the grounds of the George HW Bush Library and Museum at Texas A&M University in College Station, next to her daughter Robin, who died of leukaemia at the age of three. The motorcade carrying her body will traverse both George Bush Dr and Barbara Bush Dr on its way to the burial site.

Reuters