Pictures from Margaret Thatcher's final farewell

by hellomagazine.com It was a state funeral in all ways but in name, because it wasn't what Baroness Margaret Thatcher wished.

Britain's longest-serving prime minister of the 20th century was laid to rest on Wednesday morning in a grand ceremonial service held at St Paul's Cathedral, following a procession by horse-drawn carriage through London's streets that were filled by thousands of mourners.

The emotional service was attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, current Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha, and a host of other former leaders along with Lady Thatcher's twins Mark and Carol. Dignitaries from 170 countries were also present at the funeral service.

Others in attendance included the well-known faces of Sarah Ferguson, Joan Collins, Katherine Jenkins and Andrew Lloyd Webber, just a few of the many mourners from across the world who paid their respects to Baroness Thatcher.  

During the sombre proceedings, the iconic politician – who is the only female prime minister to have served in Britain to date – was hailed for her "leadership, courage and steadfastness." Her beloved granddaughter Amanda, 19, read at the service – a detail expressly requested by Lady Thatcher, famously known as the Iron Lady, herself. She also asked that David Cameron read, which he did.

Mark and Carol paid tribute to their mother more privately with a small card nestled in the wreath that adorned her coffin: "Beloved Mother - always in our hearts."

We look at the capital's send-off of the lady who lead the country in many of the key moments in British history – including the Falklands War, the Miners' Strike and the end of the Cold War.

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