House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate leader Mitch McConnell, both Republicans, also spoke. "He reached the heights of power with uncommon humility. No one better harmonized the joy of life and the duty of life".
Bush is the 11th president to lie in state at the Capitol and among 31 people to have been given the honor. President Donald Trump did not attend, but he and first lady Melania Trump came to the Capitol later Monday to pay tribute.
Bush's body was flown to Washington, D.C., on Monday. Her Majesty had a special bond with the former president as she was the first British monarch to visit his home state of Texas in 1991.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stood side-by-side as a wreath was placed alongside the casket. And flanked by statues of his fellow champions whom he joined in making that story possible.
Joining George W. Bush as eulogists Wednesday: Alan Simpson, the former senator and acerbic wit from Wyoming, Brian Mulroney, the former Canadian prime minister who also gave a eulogy for Reagan; and presidential historian Jon Meacham.
Google Maps shows the trip will likely take 16 minutes to drive to Blair House from the White House.
Euro 2020 qualifying draw: Croatia in Group E with Wales
If one of the Nations League group winners have already secured a spot, the next-best team in that tier will make the playoffs. Croatia, which reached the World Cup final for the first time in July, is with Wales , Slovakia, Hungary and Azerbaijan.
Vice President Mike Pence delivered a speech.
Trump then saluted Bush, a gesture belying the history of antipathy between the Republican president and the Bush family. She told Xinhua that she respected Bush immensely.
"After Mrs. Bush's death, general companionship was a big part of Sully's job", John Miller, president and CEO of America's VetDogs, said in a phone interview.
"I'm a Democrat, but as President, he did a lot of good things", McGarvey said during a brief interview.
A humble hero of World War II, Bush was just 20 when he survived being shot down during a bombing run over a Japanese island.
Randy Bates, a 48-year-old Idaho resident, chose to pay his respects because he was in town for work. "President Bush answered the call to serve whenever our nation needed him - and we needed him often and in so many important capacities".
⦁ Alex Swoyer contributed to this article.