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Thousands attend Thatcher funeral

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 01:29

April 17 - Dignitaries from around the world take part in ex-prime minister Margaret Thatcher's ornate funeral at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. Jessica Gray reports.

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The coffin of Britain's Iron Lady, draped in the Union Jack, arrives at St. Paul's Cathedral in London. More than 2,300 people turned out to pay their final respects to Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the country's first female prime minister who died of a stroke at the age of 87. Queen Elizabeth was among those who attended the grand ceremony. Britain's current Prime Minister David Cameron read a passage from the New Testament: (SOUNDBITE) (English) BRITISH PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON, READING FROM THE BIBLE, SAYING: "Let not your heart be troubled. Ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father's house are many mansions." The right-wing Thatcher, who governed the UK from 1979 to 1990, was regarded as a controversial figure, with Britons divided about her legacy decades after she ruled. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BISHOP OF LONDON, RICHARD CHARTRES SAYING: "After the storm of a life lived in the heat of political controversy there is a great calm. The storm of conflicting opinions centres on the Mrs Thatcher who became a symbolic figure, even an -ism. But today the remains of the real Margaret Hilda Thatcher are here at her funeral service. Lying here she is one of us, subject to the common destiny of all human beings." Opinion polls also show many tax payers were angry they are footing the bill for the ornate funeral that included full military honours and a procession through London on a horse-drawn carriage.

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Thousands attend Thatcher funeral

Wednesday, April 17, 2013 - 01:29