Below is the excerpts from BBC.



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The Queen has led mourners in St Paul’s Cathedral at the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, Britain’s longest serving prime minister of modern times.



More than 2,000 dignitaries from around the world paid their last respects at the biggest such occasion since the Queen Mother’s funeral in 2002.


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Four thousand police officers are on duty in central London, which saw large crowds along the route of her funeral procession, which was conducted with full military honours. There were reports of some protests but not the large demonstrations some had predicted.


The congregation at St Paul’s included Lady Thatcher’s family and all surviving British prime ministers, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Sir John Major, the current cabinet and surviving members of Lady Thatcher’s governments.


The day began with Lady Thatcher leaving Parliament for the last time as a hearse took her body from the crypt chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster to the start of the military procession at St Clement Danes in The Strand.


The union jack draped-coffin was topped with a large bunch of white flowers and a note, by Lady Thatcher’s children Sir Mark and Carol, reading: “Beloved mother, always in our hearts.”


A gun carriage drawn by six black horses carried the coffin through the streets to St Paul’s, where the funeral service began with readings from the King James Bible by Mr Cameron and Lady Thatcher’s 19-year-old granddaughter Amanda, and hymns chosen by the former prime minister.

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アマンダ#Thatcherの朗読は、20才とは思えないほどものの見事にどうどうとしたものだった! 本人にそう話すと、「血は争えないということでしょうか!」と答えた。

John 14, 1-6


Lady Thatcher, who was Conservative Prime Minister from 1979 until 1990, died on 8 April, following a stroke, at the age of 87.


She was accorded a ceremonial funeral with military honours, one step down from a state funeral.


In total, two current heads of state, 11 serving prime ministers and 17 serving foreign ministers from around the world attended.


Notable absences were former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who could not attend due to ill health, and former US first lady Nancy Reagan, who was also unable to come.



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St Paul’s has published a full funeral order of service 式次第


An episode when PM Thatcher visited Japan.  Excerpts from Asahi Shimbun.
朝日新聞「天声人語」2013.4.10 から

The following anecdote recounted by former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone is quite telling. When the two leaders met, they talked about robot development.

Nakasone told Thatcher that robots are not Frankensteins made of steel. In Japan, where the people believe in more than one god, they treat robots like human beings. “On holidays, some people bring their robots a glass of beer as if they are encouraging robots to drink it up,” he said.

Thatcher immediately bantered by asking to make it a glass of Scotch, instead of beer, and made Nakasone laugh. At the time, Scotch was a luxury in Japan. Britain had strongly demanded that Japan lower its high liquor tax. It was during the administration of Nakasone’s successor, Noboru Takeshita (1924-2000), that the demand was finally met.

May 1986 in Tokyo

May her soul rest in peace.