Thatcher funeral held de­spite protest

The Church of England - - ACWA - By Amaris Cole

THE FUNERAL of Baroness Thatcher, Bri­tain’s first fe­male Prime Min­is­ter, took place on Wed­nes­day at St Paul’s Cathe­dral, with the cof­fin led by a pro­ces­sion in­volv­ing 700 mem­bers of the armed forces.

The Queen and the Duke of Ed­in­burgh made a per­sonal de­ci­sion to at­tend the ser­vice, el­e­vat­ing the event to a state funeral in but name, to many com­men­ta­tors.

All other former Prime Min­is­ters were also in­vited, as well as faith lead­ers from across the world and Royal rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The Chap­ter, the Bishop of Lon­don, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres and the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, the Rt Rev Justin Welby, led the pro­ces­sion through St Paul’s.

The Ver y Rev David Ison, Dean of St Paul’s, ad­dressed the con­gre­ga­tion with the Bid­ding.

The read­ings were given by Baroness Thatcher’s grand­daugh­ter Amanda and the Prime Min­is­ter David Cameron.

A full report of the funeral will be in next week’s pa­per.

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