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Melania Trump's Mother Laid to Rest: Former President Trump and Senators Attend Palm Beach Funeral

CEO Tinh Phung
Under a sky filled with gray clouds that promised rain later in the day, the casket carrying the mother of former first lady Melania Trump was solemnly carried into the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea on...

Under a sky filled with gray clouds that promised rain later in the day, the casket carrying the mother of former first lady Melania Trump was solemnly carried into the Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea on Thursday morning.

The funeral for Amalija Knavs, mother to Melania and grandmother to Barron Trump, was attended by a somber gathering that included the former first lady, her father Viktor Knavs, Barron, former President Donald Trump, and the Rev. Tim Schenck, Bethesda's rector. Together, they solemnly received the casket at the church sanctuary's west-facing entrance.

A Fond Farewell

Image Viktor Knavs (from left), Melania Trump, Barron Trump, former President Donald Trump and Bethesda-by-the-Sea Rector the Rev. Tim Schenck await the arrival of the casket of Amalija Knavs at the church on Thursday.

Melania and Donald Trump arrived at the church in a motorcade of black SUVs, with Secret Service and Palm Beach police providing an escort from Trump's Mar-a-Lago Club, a short distance away.

Image Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, right, arrive for the funeral of Amalija Knavs on Thursday.

Amalija Knavs, aged 78, passed away on January 9 after battling an undisclosed illness. As the mourning family paid their final respects, the casket carrying the woman whose cooking was credited by Donald Trump for making Barron Trump grow to be 6 feet, 7 inches tall, arrived in a black Cadillac hearse.

The final resting place of Amalija Knavs remains unknown.

Image Tiffany Trump and her husband, Michael Boulos, arrive Thursday for the funeral of Amalija Knavs.

Joining Donald and Melania Trump at the church were close friends and family, including Ivanka and Tiffany Trump and their husbands, Jared Kushner and Michael Boulos. Don Jr. and Eric Trump were also present with their partners, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lara Trump. Notably, Republican Senators Rick Scott of Florida and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina paid their respects as well.

Members of the family did not interact with the media during this difficult time. However, Melania Trump did share a heartfelt message on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, following her mother's passing.

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“It is with deep sadness that I announce the passing of my beloved mother, Amalija," the former first lady wrote. "Amalija Knavs was a strong woman who always carried herself with grace, warmth, and dignity. She was entirely devoted to her husband, daughters, grandson, and son-in-law. We will miss her beyond measure and continue to honor and love her legacy."

Following the service, the casket adorned with white flowers was led back to the hearse by a procession of clergy from the church. The lead priest carried incense while Rev. Schenck stood at the rear. Viktor Knavs and Donald, Melania, and Barron Trump followed the casket, as Trump's eldest four children remained at the church entrance.

As the pallbearers lifted the casket into the hearse, Knavs and the Trumps stood in a solemn row along the curb of South Ocean Boulevard. The shutters of photographers clicked as members of the press shifted places on the sidewalk, striving for the perfect image.

With the hearse closed, Rev. Schenck took a moment to speak with each of the four family members. Then, he led the clergy back towards the church.

Melania Trump and her father entered the black SUV waiting for them, just behind the hearse. Donald and Barron Trump sat in the SUV following theirs. As the former president assisted his wife into the car, he softly said, "I'm going to ride with our son."

As the motorcade departed and traffic resumed its usual flow on South Ocean Boulevard, the bells of Bethesda's church chimed, bidding farewell to a beloved mother in silence.

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