The streets of Britain were lined with thousands of mourners who came out to say farewell to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The hearse passed through the streets of central London as the procession headed for the funeral ceremony, according to CBS News’ report on April 17.
Her funeral was conducted with the pomp and grace expected for someone of her stature. She was given full military honors throughout the affair which ended with a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral. IT was attended by dignitaries from 170 countries as well as by Queen Elizabeth II, her husband Prince Philip, former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and former U.S. Vice President Dick Chaney.
Thatcher’s casket started the day in a chapel inside the Houses of Parliament where it has been at rest since Tuesday at the request of Thatcher. From there, it was loaded into the hearse for the ride to St. Clement Danes chapel.
Following a brief ceremony there, the casket was transferred to a gun carriage. Draped in the flag, it was drawn by six horses to St. Paul’s.
Due to the recent bombing in Boston, police in London were on alert and more than 4,000 lined the streets of London as the former prime minister’s funeral procession moved through them.
Not everyone was there to honor the woman whose politics polarized some. Many were angered that her funeral, paid for by taxpayers, will cost about $15 million. Silent protestors showed their disapproval by turning their backs as the casket passed by.
In honor of her passing, Parliament’s Big Ben bell will be silent for the duration of the funeral.
Margaret Thatcher died on April 8 at age 87.
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