Death and funeral of Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. She died of a stroke in London on 8 April 2013. She was aged 87. A ceremonial funeral was held on 17 April. It included a formal procession and then a service at St Paul's Cathedral. Her body was cremated. Her ashes were buried next to those of her husband Denis Thatcher at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London on 28 September 2013. This was what she had wanted. She had refused a state funeral.
At the event, the crowds were peaceful. Thousands of supporters cheered and applauded. A few hundred people came to protest at Ludgate Circus, with other protesters scattered along the route. Police reported only one incident, and no arrests.
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- "Funeral will be a 'ceremonial' service in line with Baroness Thatcher's wishes". The Independent. 12 April 2013. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/funeral-will-be-a-ceremonial-service-in-line-with-baroness-thatchers-wishes-8565093.html. Retrieved 12 April 2013.
- Murphy, Joe (17 April 2013). "Thatcher funeral: Granddaughter Amanda captivates mourners in St Paul's with moving speech". London Evening Standard. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/thatcher-funeral-granddaughter-amanda-captivates-mourners-in-st-pauls-with-moving-speech-8575898.html. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
- Taylor, Matthew (17 April 2013). "Hundreds of protesters turn backs on Margaret Thatcher's coffin". The Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2013/apr/17/protesters-turn-backs-thatcher-coffin. Retrieved 17 April 2013.