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Thatcher Funeral: Attendees and No-Shows


April 17. 2013 3:34AM
Associated Press



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(AP) More than 2,300 guests have confirmed they will attend the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.


Among the former U.S. presidents, surviving U.K. prime ministers, world leaders and celebrities who were invited are some high profile would-be guests who sent regrets: Former First Lady Nancy Reagan whose husband had a close relationship with the late premier will not be able to attend; nor will former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who shared key moments in history with Britain's so-called "Iron Lady." Germany's Angela Merkel is sending her foreign minister, while U.S. power families the Clintons and the Bushes won't be making appearances.


In all, 11 serving prime ministers and dignitaries representing 170 countries will attend, Downing Street said.


Here's a look at who is attending the funeral Wednesday at London's St. Paul's Cathedral.


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


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


U.S. presidential delegation, led by former secretaries of state George Shultz 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


NOTABLE NO-SHOWS


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.


Associated Press


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