The Queen has sent her condolences to US President Donald Trump and the American people following the death of George Bush at his home in Houston on 30 November 2018, aged 94.

Queen Elizabeth II. Photo: The Royal Family

The former President had been hospitalised several times since his wife Barbara’s passing on 17 April, with a number of health issues including a form of Parkinson’s disease.

His five children and their spouses, 17 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two siblings, Nancy and Jonathan survived him.

It was with sadness that I learned of the death of President George H W Bush last night.

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.

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.

Elizabeth R.


Source: The Royal Family –

Royal Visit to Texas

Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, was the first British monarch to visit Texas in 1991, during a tour of the United States.

About George Bush Senior

George Bush Senior served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993, after serving as the 43rd Vice President under Ronald Reagan from 1981 to 1989.

He was born George Herbert Walker Bush on 12 June 1924 in Milton Massachusetts, the second son of a banker and Senator Prescott Sheldon Bush and Dorothy Walker.

After graduating from Phillips Academy on his 18th birthday, George enlisted in the United States Navy. He was commissioned as an ensign, after completing a 10-month training course, as an ensign just three months before his 19th birthday. He was the youngest naval aviator who was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals and the Presidential Unit Citation during World War I, before receiving an honourable discharge in September 1945, one month after Japan surrendered.

Official Portrait of 41st US President George H W Bush.

He married Barbara Pierce in New York on 6 January 1945 and had six children: 43rd President George W, Robin, Florida Governor Jeb, Neil, Marvin and Dorothy.

Their marriage lasted 73 years until Barbara’s passing in 2018.

He was known as George Bush, until his son, George W Bush, became President in 2001, to avoid confusion.

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