How Margaret Thatcher’s Funeral Will Play Out


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LONDON, UK –  Prime Minister David Cameron’s office has released plans for the funeral of Britain’s first woman prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, next Wednesday. Here are the details:

Where: St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. The cortege travels the two miles from the Palace of Westminster to St. Paul’s through central London, via The Strand.

When: The cathedral doors will open at 9 a.m., and guests are asked to be seated by an hour later. The service is due to start at 11 a.m.

Invitations: More than 2,000 invitations are being sent out. They are color-coded. VIP invitations are white, and those guests will be seated under the cathedral dome. A red or green stripe designates port or starboard.

Other colors denote specific areas of the cathedral.

St. Paul’s has a capacity of 2,300 and is expected to be full for the service.

Dress code: Decidedly formal, encompassing “full day ceremonial” without swords; morning dress (black waistcoat and black tie) or a dark suit; and for the women a day dress with hat. Those with medals and honors may wear them.

On the guest list:

  • Family members, including Thatcher’s twin children, Carol and Mark
  • Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
  • All surviving former British prime ministers
  • All surviving former U.S. presidents
  • A Ronald Reagan family representative
  • A Nelson Mandela family representative
  • Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
  • Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie
  • All surviving members of Margaret Thatcher’s Cabinets
  • The current UK Cabinet
  • Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition Labour Party
  • European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso
  • Former South African President F.W. de Klerk
  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
  • Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
  • Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia
  • Former Prime Minister John Howard of Australia
  • Former U.S. presidential candidate Newt Gingrich
  • Internet pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee
  • Singer Katherine Jenkins
  • Singer Michael Crawford
  • Singer Shirley Bassey
  • Broadcaster and journalist Andrew Neil
  • Advertising magnate Maurice Saatchi
  • Former UK chiefs of staff
  • Conservative Party associates
  • Peers and members of UK Parliament
  • Unable to attend:
  • Former U.S. President George W. Bush
  • Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush
  • Nancy Reagan, widow of Ronald Reagan
  • Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet leader
  • Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
  • Prince Harry
  • Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

By Laura Smith-Spark


CNN’s Laura Perez Maestro contributed to this report.

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