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Thatcher Funeral: Guest list standouts

Wednesday - 4/17/2013, 10:26am  ET

The coffin arrives for the funeral service of former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London Wednesday April 17, 2013. Margaret Thatcher, Britain's Iron Lady, was laid to rest Wednesday with a level of pomp and protest reflecting her status as a commanding, and polarizing, political figure. (AP Photo/Gareth Fuller, pool)

LONDON (AP) -- More than 2,300 guests attended the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at St. Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday.

In all, 11 serving prime ministers and dignitaries representing 170 countries accepted invitations to the solemn event, Downing Street said.

Here's a look at some of the prominent figures on the guest list:

ROYALS

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip

Greece's Crown Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie-Chantal of the Hellenes

WORLD DIGNITARIES AND PUBLIC FIGURES

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron

Former U.K. Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and John Major

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

F.W. de Klerk, the last apartheid-era South African president

U.S. presidential delegation, led by former secretaries of state George Schultz and James Baker

Three-member delegation from U.S. House of Representatives, comprised of Republican Reps. Marsha Blackburn, Michele Bachmann and George Holding

Former U.S. presidential candidate Newt Gingrich

Poland's Lech Walesa and Prime Minister Donald Tusk

Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney

Czech Republic's Prime Minister Petr Necas and former President Vaclav Klaus

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and his wife, Janette

Former Prime Minister Mahathir of Malaysia

London Olympics chief Seb Coe

CELEBRITIES

"Dynasty" star Joan Collins

Singer Shirley Bassey

Designer Anya Hindmarch

Actor and singer Michael Crawford

"Top Gear" TV personality Jeremy Clarkson

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber

Best-selling novelist Jeffrey Archer

Internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee

Advertising magnate Maurice Saatchi

Classical singer Katherine Jenkins

NOTABLES WHO TURNED DOWN THEIR INVITATIONS

Former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Former U.S. First Lady Nancy Reagan, who asked Fred Ryan, Chairman of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, to represent her

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

Former U.S. President George W. Bush

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto

Alicia Castro, Argentina's ambassador to the U.K.


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