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Britain bids farewell to "Iron Lady" Thatcher at grand funeral

Ceremony rivals Churchill's, Queen Elizabeth attends

Britain bids farewell to "Iron Lady" Thatcher at grand funeral
Britain gave Margaret Thatcher its grandest political funeral in half a century on Wednesday as her flag-draped coffin was borne through central London on a horse-drawn gun carriage, though a few boos were a reminder of her divisive rule and legacy.
\nPallbearers set down the coffin of Baroness Thatcher inside St Paul's Cathedral
Britain bids farewell to "Iron Lady" Thatcher at grand funeral
Thousands of supporters lined the streets of London as Thatcher's casket made its final journey from the centre of British political power in Westminster to St Paul's Cathedral.
\n(L-R) Carol Thatcher, Marco Grass, Sarah Thatcher, Sir Mark Thatcher, Michael Thatcher and Amanda Thatcher look on from the steps of St Paul's Cathedral
Britain bids farewell to "Iron Lady" Thatcher at grand funeral
Honoured with a gun salute from the Tower of London every minute and the silencing of the bells of Big Ben, military bandsmen played Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Chopin. More than 700 military personnel and thousands of police provided security.
\nThe coffin of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is carried by the Bearer Party as it arrives for her funeral service at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honors at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Getty Images)
Britain bids farewell to "Iron Lady" Thatcher at grand funeral
Thatcher, who ruled Britain from 1979-1990, died after suffering a stroke on April 8. She was the country's first and only woman premier, its longest-serving prime minister of the 20th century, and won three consecutive general elections.
Queen Elizabeth II greets Sir Mark Thatcher during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher
Britain bids farewell to "Iron Lady" Thatcher at grand funeral
As a bell mournfully tolled, a party of soldiers and sailors carried her casket on their shoulders into St Paul's Cathedral. Beneath its giant painted dome - the same place where Horatio Nelson's funeral was held and Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer were married - more than 2,000 mourners then heard a sombre service filled with hymns and reflective readings.
British Prime Minister David Cameron walks past the coffin of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during her funeral service at St Paul's Cathedral
Britain bids farewell to "Iron Lady" Thatcher at grand funeral
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Blair leave the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral
Britain bids farewell to "Iron Lady" Thatcher at grand funeral
Falklands War Veteran, Simon Weston attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher
Britain bids farewell to "Iron Lady" Thatcher at grand funeral
Lord Tebbit attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher, St Paul's Cathedral
Britain bids farewell to "Iron Lady" Thatcher at grand funeral
The hearse carrying the coffin of Baroness Thatcher arrives at Mortlake Crematorium following the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Britain bids farewell to "Iron Lady" Thatcher at grand funeral
Flowers and a message are seen on Lady Margaret Thatcher's coffin at the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral
Britain bids farewell to "Iron Lady" Thatcher at grand funeral
Joan Collins attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral
Britain bids farewell to "Iron Lady" Thatcher at grand funeral
Former Cabinet Minister Lord Michael Heseltine leaves the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher
Britain bids farewell to "Iron Lady" Thatcher at grand funeral
Sarah Ferguson Duchess of York leaves the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral