Biden, Bill and Hillary Clinton, to speak at Madeleine Albright's funeral Wednesday

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  • Albright’s admirers remember Albright as a champion of democracy, human rights and peace.
  • Barack and Michelle Obama, Al Gore and Condoleezza Rice are among more than 1,400 expected to attend.
  • President Joe Biden is set to eulogize Albright. The Clintons will also speak.

WASHINGTON — Prominent Democrats, friends and family of Madeleine Albright will gather Wednesday morning at Washington National Cathedral to celebrate the life of the nation’s first secretary of state, who arrived in the U.S. as a young girl from wartorn Czechoslovakia before becoming a trailblazing diplomat and icon.

President Joe Biden is set to deliver the eulogy of Albright, who died March 23 at 84 years old after a fight with cancer. 

Former President Bill Clinton, who nominated Albright as secretary of state in 1996, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will also speak at the funeral, along with Albright’s three daughters.

More than 1,400 people are expected to attend the ceremony, scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. ET, including former President Barack Obama, former first lady Michelle Obama, former Vice President Al Gore and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Albright’s admirers remember her as a champion of democracy, human rights and peace whose journey from war-torn Europe embodied the American story.  

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“Few leaders have been so perfectly suited for the times in which they served,” Bill Clinton said after her death. “Because she knew firsthand that America’s policy decisions had the power to make a difference in people’s lives across the world, she saw her jobs as both an obligation and opportunity. And she made the most of them.”

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