Thatcher Eulogized at St. Paul’s

    Pallbearers carry the coffin of British former prime minister Margaret Thatcher as it leaves the chapel of St Mary Undercroft at the Houses of Parliament during her ceremonial funeral in central London on April 17, 2013. The funeral of Margaret Thatcher took place on April 17, with Queen Elizabeth II leading mourners from around the world in bidding farewell to one of Britain's most influential and divisive prime ministers.  AFP PHOTO / POOL / STEVE PARSONS        (Photo credit should read Steve Parsons,Steve Parsons/AFP/Getty Images)

    Pallbearers carrying Thatcher's coffin in London on Wednesday. (Pool photo by Steve Parsons)

    The funeral that divided British opinion began Wednesday morning with a procession to St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, where the former prime minister’s family and hundreds of dignitaries were gathered. The celebration, a state funeral in all but name, raised questions from Thatcher critics about its expense given her divisive legacy in the country. The procession followed the same route as that of Winston Churchill, with six black horses leading a carriage bearing Thatcher’s coffin toward the church on a gray, drizzly day in the capital as 700 military personnel lined Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill.

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