Star bids farewell to René Angélil in touching public funeral

 Celine Dion was joined by her three children. Older son Rene-Charles, 14, escorted his elderly grandmother, Therese, into the service while Celine walked in gripping the hands of her twin five-year-old sons Nelson and Eddy
 
Celine Dion led mourners in an emotional final farewell to her late husband René Angélil today. The singing star elegantly dressed in black with a long black veil managed to maintain her composure for the touching ceremony remembering the showbiz manager at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Old Montreal. She was joined by her three children Rene-Charles 14 and twins five-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy and a huge number of well-wishers for the 'national funeral' service which was open to the public. 
A national funeral is the closest a notable can get to a state funeral in Canada and is in part paid for by the government.
 The couple are so popular in the province and the country that Angelil was offered the highest honor.Also in attendance was Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, and federal Heritage Minister Mélanie Jol
 
The service was broadcast on giant screens outside the Basilica - the church where the couple was married in December 1994 - and flags across Quebec will remain at half-mast throughout the day. 
Dion entered the service surrounded by family and placed a rose touchingly on the casket while being comforted by her eldest child. 
Angélil's adult son Patrick paid tribute to him with a eulogy in French and was followed by Rene Charles. 
'Fifteen years is not a long time to get to know your father. He had a busy life but we were getting to know each other through golf, poker, smoked meat and other wonderful food. Bonding more and more as time went by.' 
'You left me now with enough good memories of you to share with my younger brothers. As they grow older without you being around, I'll make sure to pass on what I've learned from you. You are a tough act to follow but with our help everything is going to be fine. Dad, I promise you here that we're all going to live up to your standards." 

Emotional Celine Dion leads second day of mourning for her late husband: Star bids
Family support: Celine DIon arrived at her husband's funeral surrounded by her children and escorted by her elderly mother 

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