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PHOTOS: Margaret Thatcher funeral — the Iron Lady laid to rest

Borne aloft on the shoulders of eight military servicemen, the coffin of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was carried up the steps of London's main cathedral this morning for a funeral service attended by Queen Elizabeth, Britain's political elite and global dignitaries.

In life, the woman the Soviet Union christened the Iron Lady divided the British public with her free-market policies, which sometimes wrought wrenching change on communities that endures today.

Thousands of supporters lined the streets of London as her casket made its final journey from the centre of British political power in Westminster to the service on top of a gun carriage draped in Britain's Union Jack flag.

Most people clapped in respect but about two dozen opponents turned their backs on the procession.

One man held up a placard reading "Boo!" and some shouted "scum," while supporters threw flowers along the route and cheered for Britain's longest-serving prime minister of the 20th century.

Thatcher, who governed Britain from 1979 to 1990, died April 8 after suffering a stroke.

 
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