In London, Margaret Thatcher’s Funeral Brings Out Dignitaries and Protesters

BY Larisa Epatko  April 17, 2013 at 12:55 PM EDT

View a slide show of Thatcher’s funeral.

Six black horses pulled the union jack-draped casket of Britain’s influential and controversial former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to her funeral service Wednesday complete with military honors.

Thatcher, who served as Conservative party prime minister from 1979 until 1990, died April 8 following a stroke at age 87.

Among the dignitaries attending her funeral at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London were Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, duke of Edinburgh. Former secretaries of state George Shultz and James Baker, who had worked closely with Thatcher, led the U.S. delegation. Former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and former House leader Newt Gingrich also paid their respects.

The ceremony brought out supporters, who held signs praising “Britain’s fighting lady”, and protesters, who turned their backs at Ludgate Circus along the funeral procession route. Thatcher faced criticism for her handling of Britain’s economic troubles during her time in office.

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