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Who attended Margaret Thatcher’s funeral? List of guests.


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

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

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.

Queen Elizabeth II has led mourners in St Paul's Cathedral in London at the funeral of Margaret Thatcher

Queen Elizabeth II has led mourners in St Paul’s Cathedral in London at the funeral of Margaret Thatcher

Invitees include:

  • Prime Minister David Cameron
  • Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and wife Cherie
  • Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and wife Sarah
  • Former Prime Minister Sir John Major
  • Former South African President FW de Klerk
  • Former US Secretary of State and Nobel Peace laureate Dr. Henry Kissinger
  • Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband
  • The first minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond
  • The first minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones
  • The first minister of Northern Ireland, Peter Robinson
  • Lord and Lady Archer
  • Chairman of the BBC Trust, Lord Patten
  • London Olympic chief, Lord Sebastian Coe
  • Margaret Thatcher’s former foreign policy adviser Lord Powell of Bayswater
  • Former Foreign Secretary Lord Carrington
  • Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
  • Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
  • Former  US Vice President Dick Cheney and his wife Lynne
  • London Mayor Boris Johnson
  • Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
  • Former Conservative minister Michael Portillo and wife Carolyn Eadie
  • Former Czech President Vaclav Klaus and current Prime Minister Petr Necas
  • US politician Newt Gingrich
  • US politician Ross Perot
  • Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and his wife Janette
  • Advertising executive and former Conservative Party chairman Lord Saatchi
  • Conservative donor Lord Harris and Lady Harris
  • Conservative peer, Baroness Trumpington
  • Former Commons Speaker, Baroness Boothroyd
  • Conservative peer, Baroness Bottomley
  • Press baron, Lord Beaverbrook
  • Former first minister of Northern Ireland, Lord David Trimble
  • BBC director general, Lord Tony Hall
  • Political commentator Sir Robert Worcester
  • Conservative Sir Malcolm Rifkind
  • Former Liberal Democrat leader, Sir Menzies Campbell
  • Labour MP Frank Field
  • Labour MP Keith Vaz
  • Conservative MP Peter Lilley
  • Conservative Lord Sterling of Plaistow
  • Lady Annabel Goldsmith, the widow of Referendum Party founder Sir James Goldsmith
  • Businessman and UK Independence Party treasurer Stuart Wheeler
  • Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti
  • Kuwait Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber al-Mubarak al-Saba
  • Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk
  • Crown Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie-Chantal of the Hellenes
  • Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al Sabah, son of the ruler of Kuwait
  • Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis
  • Former Dutch Prime Minister Ruud Lubbers
  • Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad
  • Chief of the Defence Staff General Sir David Richards
  • Former head of the Army General Sir Mike Jackson
  • Field Marshal Lord Bramall
  • Marshal of the Royal Air Force Lord Craig of Radley
  • General Sir Peter Wall
  • Field Marshal Sir John Chapple
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton
  • Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach
  • Major General Ed Davis
  • Vice Admiral Sir Roy Newman
  • Broadcaster Sir David Frost
  • Broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald
  • Broadcaster John Sargeant
  • Lyricist Sir Tim Rice
  • Actress June Whitfield
  • Actress Joan Collins
  • Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan and Lady Wogan
  • Singer Dame Shirley Bassey
  • Broadcaster and journalist Jeremy Clarkson
  • Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber
  • Fashion designer Anya Hindmarch
  • Former Antiques Roadshow presenter Hugh Scully
  • Artist Michael Noakes
  • Writer William Shawcross
  • Lady Solti, the widow of conductor Sir Georg Solti
  • JCB chairman Sir Anthony Bamford
  • Senior civil servant Sir Alex Allan
  • Singer Katherine Jenkins
  • Web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee
  • Broadcaster Andrew Neil
  • Actor Michael Crawford
  • Chef Marco Pierre White
  • Conservative Raymond Monbiot
  • Williams Formula 1 team boss Sir Frank Williams
  • Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre
  • Businessman Gerald Ronson and Dame Gail Ronson
  • Philip Woodhouse, Master of Grocers Hall
  • Michael Cox, Master of the Worshipful Company of Vintners
  • The Lord Grabiner QC, treasurer of the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn
  • Mark Wood, chairman of the NSPCC
  • Journalist Martyn Lewis
  • Businessman Sir David and Lady Tang
  • Stephen Boateng, of International Democrat Union
  • Former UK ambassador Sir Leonard Appleyard
  • Sir George Christie, chairman of Glyndebourne
  • Hotelier George Goring

Among those not attending:

  • Ronald Reagan’s widow Nancy is understood to be too frail to travel
  • Former US Presidents George Bush Sr. and George W. Bush
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel did not attend and instead her government was represented by Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle
  • Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, due to health problems
  • Downing Street has confirmed that Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner was not invited
  • Argentina’s ambassador to London, Alicia Castro, has declined her invitation
  • Lord Kinnock – former Labour leader of the opposition
  • Media mogul Rupert Murdoch was invited along with other newspaper proprietors but has indicated he will not be coming

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