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United States mourns former First Lady Nancy Reagan

By AP Reporter

Published 10/03/2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan stands near the casket of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California yesterday
House Speaker Paul Ryan stands near the casket of Nancy Reagan at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California yesterday

Three days of formal mourning for former First Lady Nancy Reagan have begun across the United States.

It got under way with a private service before her casket was taken in a police-escorted motorcade up an empty road for a public viewing at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Daughter Patti Davis, dressed in black, greeted about 20 family members and close friends on arrival at a Santa Monica mortuary where a 20-minute service was presided over by the Rev Stuart Kenworth. The children of Ronald Reagan's son Michael and Dennis Revell, the widower of the former president's late daughter Maureen were among those attending.

Mrs Reagan's casket was then carried by pallbearers, that included members of her Secret Service detail, to a hearse to begin her final journey, a 45-mile drive to the hill country of Simi Valley, north-west of Los Angeles, where two days of public viewing will precede the funeral.

Members of the armed services carried Mrs Reagan's casket into the presidential library in Simi Valley.

Spectators lined the road leading to the library. Some held up flags or stood with hands over their hearts in tribute to Mrs Reagan who died on Sunday at her Los Angeles home. She was 94.

House Speaker Paul Ryan paid his respects at the library. Ryan approached the casket, bowed his head in prayer and made the sign of the cross before leaving.

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