British govt says former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to receive ceremonial funeral

Published April 08, 2013

| Associated Press

The British government says former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will receive a ceremonial funeral with military honors.

Thatcher — known as the "Iron Lady" — died Monday from a stroke at 87. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short a trip to Spain and France upon hearing the news.

Downing Street says Queen Elizabeth II has authorized a ceremonial funeral — a step short of a state funeral — to be held at St. Paul's Cathedral.

It says the funeral will be attended by a "wide and diverse range of people," and the service will be followed by a private cremation.

It did not provide further details on the timing of the service, saying only that the arrangement are "in line with the wishes" of Thatcher's family.

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