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Bushes celebrate 70th birthdays with a little help from country royalty

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Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush are introduced at the dedication ceremony Sept. 24 for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington.
Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush are introduced at the dedication ceremony Sept. 24 for the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall in Washington. The Associated Press

It was a birthday party fit for a president — even a King.

The recent birthday bash for former President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, had a touch of royalty, with country music superstar George Strait in attendance at the event last weekend.

The “King of Country” performed “Happy Birthday” to celebrate both Bushes turning 70: Bush reached the milestone in July, and Laura Bush will turn 70 on Nov. 4.

Strait also dedicated his performance at the Bushes’ Prairie Chapel Ranch in Crawford from “one George to another,” People magazine reports.

The festivities included dining on smoked beef tenderloin and fried catfish, Bush introducing his guests to his new art studio, which he called “Studio 43,” and two-stepping the night away.

The magazine reports other notable guests at the party included Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and his wife, Gene; Ross Perot Jr. and his wife, Sarah; and former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Donald Evans.

To see more photos, which were released exclusively to People, click here.

Last week, the former president and first lady visited Edward J. Briscoe Elementary School in Fort Worth.

Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura visit classrooms at Edward J. Briscoe Elementary School before participating in a roundtable discussion on education leadership. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison)

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