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Thatcher to receive ceremonial funeral

08 April 2013, 18:07

London - The British government says former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will receive a ceremonial funeral with military honours.

Thatcher - known as the "Iron Lady" - died on Monday from a stroke at 87. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short a trip to Spain and France upon hearing the news.

Downing Street says Queen Elizabeth II has authorised a ceremonial funeral - a step short of a state funeral - to be held at St Paul's Cathedral.

It says the funeral will be attended by a "wide and diverse range of people", and the service will be followed by a private cremation.

It did not provide further details on the timing of the service, saying only that the arrangement are "in line with the wishes" of Thatcher's family.



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