Thatcher funeral set for April 17; queen to attend

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 9, 2013 at 11:34 am •  Published: April 9, 2013
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LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II will be among the mourners at the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on April 17, officials announced Tuesday.

Buckingham Palace said the queen and her husband, Prince Philip, would attend the ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral, which is expected to draw dignitaries from around the globe.

The only other prime minister whose funeral the monarch has attended was that of Britain's World War II leader, Winston Churchill, in 1965.

Churchill was the last British leader to receive a state funeral, also at St. Paul's. Thatcher's service, a ceremonial funeral with full military honors, is not officially a state funeral, which requires a vote in Parliament.

But the ceremony features the same level of pomp and honor afforded Princess Diana in 1997 and the Queen Mother Elizabeth in 2002.

Police, royal and government officials and members of Thatcher's family are coordinating plans for the funeral, an operation that has been given the name "True Blue."



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