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Donald Trump, Eric and Melania attend Ivana Trump’s Manhattan funeral

Ivana Trump, the glamorous businesswoman and ex-wife of former President Donald Trump, was remembered as “a force of nature” and “the embodiment of the American dream” at her funeral in Manhattan Wednesday.

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“She had brains; she had beauty,” her son Eric Trump said in a speech at the historic St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church on the Upper East Side.

“She was the embodiment of the American dream … She was a force of nature,” he told mourners.

His mom, a former model and onetime professional skier, “could beat any man down the slopes, any woman on the runway.”

“She ruled the three of us [kids] with an iron fist but also a heart of gold,” Eric said of himself and siblings Ivanka and Donald Jr.

Donald Trump, wife Melania and sons Barron and Don Jr. also honored the famous, Czech-born New Yorker at the private service.

Former President Donald Trump arriving at St.  Vincent Ferrer Church for his ex-wife Ivana Trump's funeral.
Former President Donald Trump arrives at St. Vincent Ferrer Church for his ex-wife Ivana Trump’s funeral.
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Members of the Trump family gathered outside of the church for Ivana's funeral.
Members of the Trump family gather outside the church for Ivana’s funeral.
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Ivana Trump's casket arriving for the funeral mass.
Ivana Trump’s casket arrives for the funeral Mass.
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Ivanka Trump and husband, Jared Kushner, along with Tiffany Trump, were in attendance as well. And Eric’s wife, Lara Trump, was slated to speak at the service, as was Don Jr.’s teenage daughter Kai Trump.

Ivanka Trump described her mom as a tough-as-nails trailblazer in the business world.

“Growing up, my mother didn’t tell me a woman could do anything she wanted to — she showed me,” Ivanka said. “She was a trailblazer by men and women alike.

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Members of the Trump family, including the former President Donald Trump, watch as Ivana Trump’s casket is carried out of the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel.
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  Former President Donal Trump and family watch as Ivana Trump is carried out of the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in a gold casket.
Ivana Trump’s gold casket departs the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel.
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Former President Donal Trump and family watch as Ivana Trump's casket is carried out.
Members of the Trump family follow her casket out of the funeral home.
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“My mother once told me there was nothing she couldn’t do in heels,” she said. “She taught us how to spear fish and then cook what we caught.”

She added, “My mom expanded our minds.”

Former President Donal Trump and family watch as Ivana Trump is carried out of the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in a gold casket.
Members of the Trump family prepare to depart for St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church.
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The casket of Ivana Trump is brought into St.  Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church.
The casket of Ivana Trump is brought into St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church.
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Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner arrive for their final goodbye to Ivana Trump.
Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner arrive for their final goodbye to Ivana Trump.
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Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower en route to ex-wife Ivana Trump's funeral.
Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower en route to ex-wife Ivana Trump’s funeral.
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Melania Trump and son Barron arrive at the Frank E. Campbell funeral chapel ahead of the service for Ivana Trump.
Melania Trump and son Barron arrive at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel ahead of the service for Ivana Trump.
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Ivana Trump’s funeral will take place at St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church.
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Clad in a black suit, the ex-commander-in-chief arrived at the Upper East Side house of worship amid tight security, as dozens of mourners gathered on a sidewalk outside to pay respects to the 73-year-old “power blonde, ” who died from a fall last week.

Roughly 100 mourners sat inside the church, which was decorated with red roses in honor of Ivana, ex-wife of Donald and mother to three of his five children.

The invitation-only funeral was billed as a “Celebration of Life,” with the invite featuring a photo of Ivana on the slopes.

Donald Trump Jr.  arrives for the funeral of his mother, Ivana Trump, in Manhattan.
Donald Trump Jr. arrives at the funeral home ahead of the service for his mother, Ivana Trump, in Manhattan.
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Eric Trump arrives at the Frank E. Campbell funeral chapel ahead of the funeral service of his mother, Ivana Trump.
Eric Trump arrives at the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel ahead of the funeral service for his mother, Ivana Trump.
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Donald Trump and wife Ivana Trump at their Greenwich, Conn., mansion in 1987.
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Ivana Trump with Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump on Oct. 15, 2007, in New York City.
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A person walks into St Vincent Ferrer Roman Catholic Church in New York City on July 19, 2022. - The church is expected to host the funeral service for Ivana Trump on July 20, 2022.
Ivana Trump’s “Celebration of Life” is scheduled to begin at 1:30 pm
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The NYPD installs barriers around the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in preparation for Ivana Trump's funeral today.
The NYPD installs barriers around the Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel in preparation for Ivana Trump’s funeral today.
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The NYPD installed barriers ahead of the funeral.
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flowers arrive outside of Ivana Trump's funeral.
Invitations sent to mourners — including some in Europe — billed the funeral as a “Celebration of Life.”
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Before her death, Ivana — whose headline-grabbing marriage to the real estate tycoon whom she famously dubbed “The Donald” established them as a 1980s New York power couple — had been unsteady walking in recent weeks due to an ailing hip, friends had told The Post.

She suffered “blunt impact injuries” due to her fall and her death was ruled an accident by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

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