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Thatcher funeral: More than 2,000 invited

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More than 2,000 people have been invited to Margaret Thatcher's funeral, officials said on Thursday, April 11.
Details of who is on the list of one of the biggest funerals in Britain in decades have been released by Downing Street.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh will head a congregation of former leaders and current politicians, as well as celebrities at the ceremony next Wednesday.

Labor leader Lord Kinnock, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan's wife Nancy all cannot attend.

Family, friends, colleagues of the politician during her time in power have all been invited to the ceremonial funeral, where she will also be given full military honors.

Also on the list are all surviving former prime ministers and former US presidents, along with Hillary Clinton.
Among the invited are President Manuel Barroso, author Frederick Forsyth and a representative of Nelson Mandela.

The funeral service, which starts at 11am, will involve more than 700 members of the armed forces in recognition of Lady Thatcher's success in the Falklands.
Lady Thatcher's ashes will be buried alongside those of her husband Denis in the cemetery of the Royal Hospital in Chelsea.

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