Margaret Thatcher's funeral to be held next Wednesday

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, gestures to members of the media as she stands on her house doorstep, following her return home from hospital, in central London, Monday June 29, 2009. Thatcher has returned home following a two-week stay in hospital after she fell and broke her left arm. The 82-year-old Thatcher, who suffers from dementia, waved to reporters with her right arm while the other arm remains in a sling. She did not make any comments before being escorted inside. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

April 9, 2013 4:47:58 AM PDT
The British government says former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral will be held April 17.

Undertakers on Tuesday removed the ex-leader's body from London's Ritz Hotel, where she died Monday, amid preparations for a ceremonial funeral with full military honors.

A van carrying Thatcher's casket left the hotel for an undisclosed location.

Officials say Thatcher's funeral will be held with full military honors at St. Paul's Cathedral. It is not technically a state funeral, which requires a vote in Parliament, but is the same level of honor given Princess Diana and the Queen Mother Elizabeth.

Thatcher's coffin will lie overnight at the Houses of Parliament before the funeral, and then travel on a horse-drawn gun carriage to the cathedral along a route lined by military personnel.

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