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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