Margaret Thatcher's last journey
Borne aloft on the shoulders of eight military servicemen, the coffin of Margaret Thatcher was carried up the steps of London's main cathedral on 17 April 2013 for a funeral service attended by Queen Elizabeth, Britain's political elite, and global dignitaries. Thousands of supporters lined the streets of London as her casket made its final journey from the centre of British political power in Westminster to the service on top of a gun carriage draped in the red, white and blue British flag. Most people clapped in respect but about two dozen opponents turned their backs on the procession. Thatcher, who governed Britain from 1979 to 1990, died on April 8 after suffering a stroke.