LONDON (AP) – Pomp and protest marked the funeral today for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, reflecting her status as a commanding and polarizing political figure.
Bishop of London Richard Chartres referred to the strong feelings the former prime minister still evokes, saying today was neither the time nor the place to debate her legacy of controversy.
Security was stepped up after Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon.
Spectators lining the route broke into applause – and scattered boos – as the carriage passed by. Some people staged silent protests by turning their backs upon Thatcher’s coffin. One man held a banner declaring “Rest in shame” and arguments broke out in the crowd.
Invited mourners included political colleagues and rivals, dignitaries from around the world, 11 prime ministers and former U.S. Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Schultz.