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.
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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.