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British government says Margaret Thatcher's funeral will be held April 17 with military honors

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    Floral tributes are seen outside former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher's home in London Tuesday, April, 9, 2013. Margaret Thatcher, the combative "Iron Lady" who infuriated European allies, found a fellow believer in former US President Ronald Reagan and transformed her country by a ruthless dedication to free markets in 11 bruising years as prime minister, died Monday, April 8, 2013. She was 87 years old. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) (The Associated Press)

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    A man signs the condolence book in front of a picture of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the British Consulate in Hong Kong Tuesday, April. 9, 2013. (The Associated Press)

The British government says former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral will be held April 17.

Undertakers on Tuesday removed the ex-leader's body from London's Ritz Hotel, where she died Monday, amid preparations for a ceremonial funeral with full military honors.

A van carrying Thatcher's casket left the hotel for an undisclosed location.

Officials say Thatcher's funeral will be held with full military honors at St. Paul's Cathedral. It is not technically a state funeral, which requires a vote in Parliament, but is the same level of honor given Princess Diana and the Queen Mother Elizabeth.

Thatcher's coffin will lie overnight at the Houses of Parliament before the funeral, and then travel on a horse-drawn gun carriage to the cathedral along a route lined by military personnel.

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