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In pictures: Gerald Ford funeral

Gerald Ford lies in the Capitol Rotunda on Capitol Hill in Washington

Former US President Gerald Ford died on 26 December aged 93. He was the longest-living US president.

Gerald Ford's body leaves his local church in California

Funeral services began in California on Friday, when his body was carried from a church close to where he lived.

The coffin carrying former president Gerald Ford arrives at Washington's Capitol building

President Ford's body was taken to the Capitol Rotunda in Washington on Saturday where the first part of a state funeral service was held.

Former First Lady Betty Ford

His widow, Betty, and the couple's children spoke to mourners as they filed past the casket.

US President George W Bush and his wife Laura Bush

President Bush and First Lady Laura Bush were among those paying their respects on Monday.

Former President Gerald Ford's casket is carried from the US Capitol en route to the Washington National Cathedral in Washington on Tuesday

The flag-draped coffin was then taken from the Capitol down the Senate steps on its way to the funeral service to be held at the National Cathedral.

The flag-draped casket of President Gerald Ford is carried from the US Capitol on the way to a funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral

A 21-gun salute rang out and a military band played as Mr Ford's coffin was carried out.

Funeral in Washington cathedral

Fanfare for the Common Man was among the music played at the funeral. President Bush said: "In President Ford, the world saw the best of America."

End of funeral service in Washington

The coffin then left the funeral to be taken to Grand Rapids, Michigan, for burial near Mr Ford's presidential library at a private service on Wednesday.

Gerald Ford in 1975

"He did his duty as a leader, not as a performer playing to the gallery," said Mr Ford's Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.






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