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U.K. bids farewell to Margaret Thatcher

LONDON (AP) –  Britain’s Iron Lady is being laid to rest with a level of pomp and protest reflecting her status as a commanding, polarizing political figure.

A coffin containing the body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was driven Wednesday from the Houses of Parliament to the church of St. Clement Danes for prayers ahead of the former leader’s full funeral at St. Paul’s Cathedral.

From there the coffin — draped in a Union flag and topped with white roses and a note from her children reading “beloved mother” — will be borne on a gun carriage drawn by six black horses to the cathedral, where 2,300 invited guests await.