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Ex-British PM Margaret Thatcher's body removed from Ritz, funeral on April 17

Reuters
Apr 10, 2013 at 09:47am IST

London: Former prime minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral will take place in London on Wednesday, April 17, David Cameron's office said on Tuesday. The service will be held in St Paul's Cathedral, Downing Street said. Buckingham Palace said in a statement that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, will attend the service. The body of the 'Iron Lady' was removed from the Ritz Hotel, where she died of a stroke at the age of 87.

Margaret who transformed Britain and inspired conservatives around the world by radically rolling back the state during her 11 years in power, died on Monday following a stroke. She was 87.

Britain's only woman prime minister, the unyielding, outspoken Thatcher led the Conservatives to three election victories, governing from 1979 to 1990, the longest continuous period in office by a British premier since the early 19th century.

Thatcher's body removed from Ritz, funeral on April 17

Buckingham Palace said in a statement that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, will attend the service.

A grocer's daughter with a steely resolve, she was loved and loathed in equal measure as she crushed the unions, privatised vast swathes of British industry, clashed with the European Union and fought a war to recover the Falkland Islands from Argentine invaders. She struck up a close relationship with US President Ronald Reagan in the Cold War, backed the first President George Bush during the 1991 Gulf War, and declared that Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev was a man she could do business with.

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