UK Snubs Argentina at Thatcher Funeral
Cristina Fernandez persona non grata
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2013 7:57 AM CDT
Argentina's President Cristina Fernandez gestures during a presentation of a project to reform the judicial system at the government house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Monday, April 8, 2013.   (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

(Newser) – The latest fallout from the Britain-Argentina Falkland Islands feud: A government source tells Reuters that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez is not invited to Margaret Thatcher's funeral next week because Thatcher's family doesn't want her there. Thatcher led Britain during the Falklands war, and "it's about adhering to her family's wishes," the source says; Fernandez has been increasingly vocal about the issue. Meanwhile, Downing Street has released a list of those who were invited, including all surviving US presidents and British prime ministers, a representative of Ronald Reagan's family (Nancy Reagan is reportedly too frail to travel), Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, and other global bigwigs including Hillary Clinton and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

More than 2,000 invitations are going out, most of them tomorrow, and St. Paul's Cathedral is expected to be full to capacity, the BBC reports. But one notable Thatcher contemporary won't be there: Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, 82, is in poor health, Reuters reports. "He is not feeling very well," a spokesperson says. "One must take into account his age."

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AESOP9_11
Apr 11, 2013 8:11 PM CDT
with a tongue like that I would give her three dollars to feel wanted
JackNelsonSteward
Apr 11, 2013 6:25 PM CDT
The funeral of a Prime Minister is a State affair. It should be conducted in a "State-ly" manner and family preferences should have little influence. If the Thatcher kids want to limit mourners to their "selected" few at a private service they have that right. They should not have the power to perpetuate an international nipple twisting contest. Ms Thatcher is ENGLAND'S Prime Minister.
Tomsylvania
Apr 11, 2013 2:11 PM CDT
Also invited "... a representative of Ronald Reagan's family (Nancy Reagan is reportedly too frail to travel),...". How about Ron Reagan. That could be fun.