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It took two hours for dignatories, ministers and former leaders from all over the world to take their seats at St Paul's cathedral on Wednesday to see off former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.
Thatcher, who governed Britain from 1979 to 1990, died on April 8 after suffering a stroke.
More than 2,300 mourners were attending including 11 serving prime ministers from around the world, the British government's entire cabinet, two heads of state and 17 foreign ministers.
Both Thatcher's children, twins Mark and Carol Thatcher arrived shortly before the start of the service and just before Queen Elizabeth II and her husband Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose arrival kick started the funeral service.
Even Thatcher's critics concede that - for better or for ill - she transformed the face of Britain.