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Thatcher's coffin carried through streets of London

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 - 01:27

April 17 - Ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's coffin is borne on a horse-drawn gun carriage to St. Paul's Cathedral for a service attended by Queen Elizabeth and 11 serving prime ministers from around the world. Sarah Sheffer reports.

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Royalty, dignitaries and admirers from all walks of life paid their final respects to Margaret Thatcher on Wednesday. Her coffin was solemnly paraded through London streets on a horse-drawn gun carriage to St. Paul's Cathedral. The right-wing former prime minister known as the "Iron Lady" was bid farewell with military honours, patriotic hymns, cheers and tears from onlookers. But some boos from the crowd were a reminder of the divisiveness of her rule. Thatcher sought to arrest Britain's post-war decline with free-market economic policies, by smashing the unions and privatising Britain's national assets, which enraged her left-wing opponents. Her supporters view her as a champion of freedom while her opponents claim she destroyed communities and ushered in an era of greed. Queen Elizabeth, Prince Phillip and 11 serving prime ministers from around the world attended the service. Many in Britain are reportedly unhappy with the estimated 10-million pound bill for the ceremonial funeral-- coming from the pocket of taxpayers. Thatcher, who governed Britain from 1979 to 1990, died on April 8 aged 87 after suffering a stroke.

Thatcher's coffin carried through streets of London

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 - 01:27

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