By Alexandra Whittaker
Dec 04, 2018 @ 10:30 am

Queen Elizabeth sent her condolences following the death of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush this week, but that's not all she's doing to show her support. The palace announced Tuesday morning that the monarch will be sending another royal to represent her at the funeral, which will be held Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

"The Prince of Wales will attend the state funeral of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush. The service will take place tomorrow at The National Cathedral in Washington," the statement read. "The Prince will be representing Her Majesty The Queen."

The ruler called Bush a "great friend" whom she remembers "with great fondness" so her insistence that Prince Charles attend his funeral comes as no surprise.

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“President Bush was a great friend and ally of the United Kingdom. He was also a patriot, serving his country with honour and distinction in Office and during the Second World War,” she wrote in a statement earlier this week.

“Prince Philip and I remember our days in Texas in 1991 with great fondness. My thoughts and prayers are with President Bush’s family and the American people.”

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Back in 2004, Queen Elizabeth pulled a similar move by sending Prince Charles to represent her at former U.S. President Ronald Reagan's funeral.