London at Standstill for Thatcher Funeral
Dignitaries, protesters gather for former PM's sendoff
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2013 4:25 AM CDT
Updated Apr 17, 2013 6:33 AM CDT
A protest banner is held up along the route of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's ceremonial funeral procession in London.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)

(Newser) – Britain bade farewell to her Iron Lady today, with thousands of police officers and military personnel lining the streets of London along with members of the public for Margaret Thatcher's funeral procession, reports the Guardian. The divisive former prime minister received a funeral with full military honors, the first for a British politician since Winston Churchill, notes the New York Times. Protesters—who tried to get "Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead" to the top of the charts—turned their backs on the hearse to protest Thatcher's policies and the funeral's $15 million cost to the taxpayer.

The 2,300 guests at St. Paul's Cathedral included Queen Elizabeth II and representatives from 170 countries—including Dick Cheney and Henry Kissinger from the US—though Argentina's ambassador to the UK opted not to attend, the AP reports. Bells rang as Thatcher's coffin was carried by military guard from St. Paul's, and crowds gathered there cheered Thatcher's final journey. "There is no tribute," says the dean of St. Paul's. "There is no eulogy, and that was Mrs. Thatcher's decision. It's not being triumphalist. It's not a celebration of her life and her achievements." Thatcher will be cremated later today.

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Apr 18, 2013 5:43 AM CDT
1. Divisive !! are not all politicians and their parties divisive ? how can they not be ? a political party is a group of people with different ideas to any other party. 2. $15 000 000 ? the coffin, funeral directors and cremation fees were paid for by the family and the armed forces received their normal salaries. That leaves the $15 million as the cost of police overtime. There were 4000 police on crowd control duty giving them $3 750 each for half a days work. I bet you didn`t realise we paid our police so well in the UK. NYPD personel looking for a transfer form an orderly queue.
Apr 17, 2013 11:56 AM CDT
A great lady and everywhere you see disrespect for her memory by rude thoughtless people. However, now that I think about it that is what we as a society have become, Margaret Thatcher under a democratic system of government where those who disagreed with her political position could choose another in her place and did not. So now like spoiled little children they have to stick out their tongues after she can no longer see them. No wonder we have all the contention anymore with people setting bombs and shooting people just to make a point, very sad.
Apr 17, 2013 9:49 AM CDT
$15 million? Lord am I in the wrong business.