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How Margaret Thatcher's funeral will play out

By Laura Smith-Spark, CNN
updated 12:07 PM EDT, Fri April 12, 2013
<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/08/world/europe/uk-margaret-thatcher-dead/'>Margaret Thatcher</a>, the first woman to become British prime minister, has died at 87 after a stroke, a spokeswoman said Monday, April 8. <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/08/world/europe/margaret-thatcher-icon-outcast/'>Known as the "Iron Lady,"</a> Thatcher, as Conservative Party leader, was prime minister from 1979 to 1990. Here she visits British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London in June 2010. Margaret Thatcher, the first woman to become British prime minister, has died at 87 after a stroke, a spokeswoman said Monday, April 8. Known as the "Iron Lady," Thatcher, as Conservative Party leader, was prime minister from 1979 to 1990. Here she visits British Prime Minister David Cameron at 10 Downing Street in London in June 2010.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The funeral takes place at St. Paul's Cathedral next Wednesday
  • More than 2,000 invitations are being sent out for the service
  • Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip will be among the guests
  • Surviving U.S. presidents and Hillary Clinton are invited to attend

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

Where: St. Paul's Cathedral in 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.

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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 his wife, Cherie

-- All surviving members of Margaret Thatcher's Cabinets

-- The current UK Cabinet

-- First ministers of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

-- 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 Prime Minister John Howard of Australia

-- Former U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich

-- Former UK chiefs of staff

-- Peers and members of UK Parliament

-- Falklands War veterans

-- Archbishop of York John Sentamu

-- Broadcaster David Frost

-- Actress and author Joan Collins

-- Internet pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee

-- Singer Katherine Jenkins

-- Singer Michael Crawford

-- Singer Shirley Bassey

-- Broadcaster and journalist Andrew Neil

-- Advertising magnate Maurice Saatchi

-- Conservative Party associates

Unable to attend:

-- Former U.S. President George W. Bush

-- Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush

-- 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

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CNN's Laura Perez Maestro contributed to this report.

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