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    Nancy Reagan's Casket Moved to Husband's Presidential Library

    People file past the casket of former first lady Nancy Reagan to pay their respects at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, March 9, 2016. Reagan's casket was moved to the presidential library, where she will be buried next to her husband, former President Ronald Reagan.
    People file past the casket of former first lady Nancy Reagan to pay their respects at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, March 9, 2016. Reagan's casket was moved to the presidential library, where she will be buried next to her husband, former President Ronald Reagan.
    Ken Bredemeier

    The casket bearing former U.S. first lady Nancy Reagan has been moved to the presidential library in California of her late husband, President Ronald Reagan, where she will lie in repose.

    Members of the public will be allowed to pay their respects Wednesday afternoon and on Thursday before a private funeral on Friday.

    First lady Michelle Obama is planning to attend the funeral, as are three former first ladies: Hillary Clinton, who is now the leading contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in the 2016 campaign, Laura Bush and Rosalynn Carter. Former President George W. Bush will also attend.

    People in Southern California watched from freeway overpasses as a motorcade transported the casket from a suburb of Los Angeles to the library on a hilltop in Simi Valley. Some of the onlookers waved American flags while others stood with hands over their hearts. Prayers were offered in a private ceremony at the library.

    Nancy Reagan died Sunday at 94 of congestive heart failure. She will be buried alongside her husband, the country's 40th president, who was the American leader for eight years in the 1980s. He died in 2004, a decade after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

    • Former first lady Nancy Reagan smiles as she passes photographers after Texas Governor George W. Bush delivered his first major foreign policy speech at the Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, California, Nov. 18, 1999.
    • Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy wave while attending a gala celebrating his 83rd birthday in Washington, Feb. 3, 1994.
    • U.S. President Barack Obama escorts former first lady Nancy Reagan to a signing ceremony for the Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission Act in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House in Washington, June 2, 2009.
    • Former first lady Nancy Reagan visits the grave site of her husband, President Ronald Reagan, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, June 5, 2014.
    • Former first lady Nancy Reagan celebrates her 94th birthday.
    • Former U.S. first lady Nancy Reagan applauds after unveiling the cornerstone for a new pavilion to house the former Air Force One (background L), during a dedication ceremony at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, Feb. 6, 2004.
    • Former first lady Nancy Reagan kisses the casket of her husband former President Ronald Reagan prior to the removal of his remains from the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, June 11, 2004.
    • A hand out photograph of Ronald and Nancy Reagan taken on Feb. 6, 2000, on the occasion of President Reagan's 89th birthday celebration at the Reagan's home in Bel Air, California, released by Reagan's office.
    • President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy kiss on their wedding anniversary in the White House, March 4, 1985.
    • President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan wave farewell from the doorway of Air Force One prior to their departure from Los Angeles International Airport, Los Angeles, California, Dec. 29, 1984.
    • First lady Nancy Regan models a school cap and holds a school shirt presented to her during her visit to Chicago's Latin School, May 14, 1982.
    • U.S President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan left the White House en route to Bethesda Naval Hospital for the President's physical exam, Oct. 29, 1981.
    • President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan wave to onlookers at the Capitol building as they stand at the podium in Washington following the swearing in ceremony, Jan. 20, 1981.

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