Thatcher to be laid to rest
People have started gathering for the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
LONDON - World leaders are congregating in London on Wednesday morning for the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Around 2,000 people will attend the ceremony with hundreds of thousands of others expected to line the route of the funeral procession.
Crowds have been gathering in central London since the early hours of Wednesday morning for Thatcher's funeral.
Her corpse spent the night in a private chapel in the Palace of Westminster.
The former Prime Minister's funeral procession will travel nearly two kilometres through the heart of the city before a ceremony at London's St Paul's Cathedral which will be attended by Queen Elizabeth as well as political leaders past and present from across the globe.
Security was always going to be a major concern but the role of police and security forces has been brought into even sharper focus by the attacks on Boston just a few days ago.
Around 6,000 officials will be on duty.
Thatcher died last week in London after suffering a stroke.
She served as Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990.