Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s former Prime Minister was accorded great honour as a befitting funeral service was held for her at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral.Thatcher was given a ceremonial burial with full military honours. Before the service, her body had been taken on a procession on a route lined by Army, Navy and Air Force personnel.
In the course of the procession, those who admired the late “Iron Lady” for her policies cheered while those who did not could be heard booing as the casket which was on a gun carriage passed.
Not less than 170 different countries were represented at the burial of the late Prime Minister who died after suffering a stroke on April 8 at the age of 87. The church service had more than 2000 people in attendance including Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, Prime Minister, David Cameron, who gave a Bible reading, Stephen Harper, the Prime Minister of Canada and Newt Gingrich, a former Speaker of the US House of Representatives. Former South African President, F.W De Klerk too was in attendance.
America’s former Vice President, Dick Cheney and former Secretary of State, Henry Kissinger too were at the funeral.
In his message, the Bishop of London, Rev Richard Chartres spoke of the deceased’s characteristics which he said included “courtesy and personal kindness which she showed to those who worked for her.” He also spoke of her “perseverance in struggle and the courage to be”.
After the service, the casket was placed on a hearse as the body was moved for a private cremation and burial.