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Her Wish Granted, No State Funeral for Thatcher

Monday, 08 Apr 2013 11:33 PM

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Margaret Thatcher will receive a ceremonial funeral with full military honors at St Paul’s Cathedral in England, and it will have ‘official’ status, reports London’s Telegraph.

Despite calls for a full state funeral, Thatcher's spokesman, Lord Bell, said Thatcher did not think it appropriate for her to lie in state and that a military flyover would be a waste of taxpayer money.

A full state funeral would require the approval of Parliament. The last commoner to receive a full state funeral was Winston Churchill in 1965.

“She specifically did not want a state funeral and nor did her family,” Lord Bell told The Telegraph. “She particularly did not wish to lie in state as she thought that was not appropriate.

“And she didn’t want a fly-past as she thought that was a waste of money — somewhat in character you might think.”

Thatcher reportedly will be cremated and her ashes, according to her wishes, will be laid next to her husband in Chelsea.

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