George HW Bush laid to rest next to his wife and daughter in private burial surrounded by family in Texas

George HW Bush has been laid to rest next to his wife Barbara and their daughter Robin in Texas at a private, graveside service for his family.

The ceremony concludes days of funeral activities honouring the 41st US president.

His friend and former Secretary of State James Baker address crowds gathered at the funeral on Thursday. 

Mr Baker said, “The world became a better place because George Bush occupied the White House for four years”.

George W Bush and Laura Bush watch as the flag-draped casket of former President George HW Bush is carried for burial (AFP/Getty Images)

He said that Mr Bush embodied some of the nation’s best values, “temperate” in thought, word and deed, “our nation’s very best one-term president”.

George P Bush, the former president’s grandson, subsequently struck a more personal tone with the man he and the younger generations called “gampy”.

Country music’s Oak Ridge Boys, among the president’s favourites, sang Amazing Grace and Reba McEntire offered The Lord’s Prayer as three days of official ceremonies in Washington gave way to more personal touches for the Bush family in Texas.

The night before, more than 11,000 people paid their respects as his casket lay in repose all night at St Martin’s Episcopal Church, where his family worshipped.

George W Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush arrive for the interment ceremony (AFP/Getty Images)

The nation’s capital bid him goodbye on Wednesday in a Washington funeral service that offered high praise for the last of the presidents to have fought in World War II – and a hefty dose of humour about a man whose speaking delivery was once described as a cross between Mister Rogers and John Wayne.

Mr Bush’s casket returned for the services in Houston, a ride on a special funeral train and eventual burial at his family plot on the presidential library grounds at Texas A&M University in College Station.

His final resting place is alongside Barbara, his wife of 73 years, and Robin Bush, the daughter they lost to leukaemia aged three.

In the service at Washington National Cathedral, three former presidents and President Donald Trump looked on as George W Bush eulogised his father as “the brightest of a thousand points of light”.

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