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Emotions clash at Thatcher funeral

LONDON — A horse-drawn gun carriage bore the coffin of Margaret Thatcher to St. Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday for a ceremonial funeral that divided British opinion, much as the former prime minister known as the Iron Lady stirred deep and conflicting emotions during her lifetime and, in death, triggered an equally passionate debate over her legacy.

With hymns, prayers, and biblical readings, dignitaries from around the world and from Britain’s political elite gathered in the cathedral for a service regarded as austere, reflecting Thatcher’s Methodist upbringing, as bells pealed and a gun salute boomed from the Tower of London.

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