How Margaret Thatcher's funeral will play out

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 11:00am

Prime Minister David Cameron's office has released plans for the funeral of Britain's first women prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, next Wednesday. Here are the details:

Where: St. Paul's Cathedral, in the City of London. The cortege travels the two miles from the Palace of Westminster to St. Paul's through central London, via The Strand.

When: The cathedral doors will open at 9 a.m. and guests are asked to be seated by an hour later. The service is due to start at 11 a.m.

Invitations: More than 2,000 invitations are being sent out. They are color-coded. VIP invitations are white and those guests will be seated under the cathedral dome. A red or green stripe designates port or starboard.

Other colors denote specific areas of the cathedral.

St. Paul's has a capacity of 2,300 and is expected to be full for the service.

Dress code: Decidedly formal, encompassing "full day ceremonial" without swords; morning dress (black waistcoat and black tie) or a dark suit; and for the women a day dress with hat. Those with medals and honors may wear them.

On the guest list:

-- Family members, including Thatcher's twin children, Carol and Mark

-- Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip

-- All surviving former British prime ministers

-- All surviving former U.S. presidents

-- A Ronald Reagan family representative

-- A Nelson Mandela family representative

-- Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

-- Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and wife, Cherie

-- All surviving members of Margaret Thatcher's Cabinets

-- The current UK Cabinet

-- Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition Labour Party

-- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso

-- Former South African President F.W. de Klerk

-- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

-- Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney

-- Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia

-- Former chiefs of staff

-- Conservative Party associates

-- Peers and members of Parliament

Unable to attend:

-- Nancy Reagan, widow of Ronald Reagan

-- Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet leader

-- Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge

-- Prince Harry

-- Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall

CNN's Laura Perez Maestro contributed to this report.


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