Contact Us

Thatcher Funeral To Be Held April 17 [VIDEO]

Queen Elizabeth II will be among the mourners at the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on April 17, officials announced Tuesday.

A portrait of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is left next to floral tributes outside her residence in London's Chester Square
A portrait of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is left next to floral tributes outside her residence in London’s Chester Square (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

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 world.

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 and the Queen Mother Elizabeth.

Thatcher’s coffin will lie overnight at the Houses of Parliament ahead of the funeral, before being taken by hearse to the church of St. Clement Danes and then, on a horse-drawn gun carriage, to the 17th-century cathedral along a route lined by military personnel.

The televised funeral will be followed by a private cremation.

Early Tuesday, undertakers removed Thatcher’s body from London’s Ritz Hotel where she died Monday at the age of 87. A van carrying Thatcher’s casket left the hotel for an undisclosed location, where it will remain during preparations for the funeral.

 


(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved)


 

More from WOBM AM

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://wobmam.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on WOBM-AM 1160 & 1310 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on WOBM-AM 1160 & 1310 quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!