British politicians and dignitaries attend Thatcher's funeral, coffin en route to crematorium




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Published on Jul 31, 2015

1. Various exteriors of St Paul's Cathedral
2. Sniper on rooftop
3. Lord (Paddy) Ashdown, Leader of the Liberal Democrats from 1988-1999, arriving with his wife Jane
4. Various of Douglas Hurd, formerly Foreign Secretary under Thatcher, arriving
5. Various of London 2012 chairman Lord Coe arriving with Andrew Mitchell, former conservative Chief Whip
6. Greek Orthodox Archbishop Gregorios arriving
7. Various House of Lords members arriving
8. British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha arriving
9. Cutaway of photographers
10. British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha leaving after funeral service
11. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie on cathedral steps
12. Cutaway of photographers
13. Former Liberal Democrat party leader Lord Ashdown, Lord Coe and Andrew Mitchell leaving
14. Photographers
15. Lord David Steele, former leader of Liberal Party, arriving
16. Onlookers behind gates
17. Lord Michael Heseltine, former deputy prime minister, leaving
18. Lord David Trimble, former first minister of Northern Ireland, leaving
19. Guests leaving
20. Sir Bernard Ingham,Thatcher's former press secretary, leaving
21. Various aerials of car carrying Thatcher's coffin en route to Mortlake crematorium
Britain's political elite, many of whom served under Baroness Thatcher, were among 2,300 relatives, friends, colleagues and dignitaries who gathered at St Paul's Cathedral to bid a solemn farewell to Britain's only female prime minister.
Guests inside the cathedral included Thatcher's political colleagues, rivals and her successors as prime minister - among them Tony Blair, and David Cameron.
Also attending were former Foreign Secretary, Lord Hurd, and former Deputy Prime Minister Lord Heseltine, whose challenge for the leadership of the Conservative party in 1990 ended Thatcher's rule.
Others senior political figures included former Liberal Democratic leaders Lord Ashdown and Lord Steele.
Former first minister of Northern Ireland Lord Trimble and Thatcher's former press secretary Sir Bernard Ingham were among the guests.
Senior religious leaders from the UK also attended, including Greek Orthodox Archbishop Gregorios.
Baroness Thatcher died on April 8 at age 87.
She was given a ceremonial funeral with military honours - not officially a state funeral, which requires a vote in Parliament.
The proceedings featured the same level of pomp and honour afforded Princess Diana in 1997 and Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in 2002.

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