I personally don’t remember much about Maggie Thatcher, being somewhat apolitical at the time of her tenure, other than I liked her. As I noted on my previous post she died on Apr. 8th and yesterday, she received a “richly staged funeral” in London.
Apparently, there’s been a big fuss over the funeral costing too much, for such a politically divisive woman, to a country where I don’t live. No American Democrats showed up to pay their respects, either. That doesn’t matter, though, because according to the New York Times:
The bishop of London, Richard Chartres, presiding at the funeral, said that while Mrs. Thatcher had become “a symbolic figure — even an ‘ism’ “ in her 11 years in power, the funeral was “neither the time nor the place” for a political reckoning.
In fact, I’m grateful the current administration knew better than to try to upstage the Queen of England!
There were no serious disturbances, and barely any scuffles, to disrupt an event that had the rare distinction, for a deceased prime minister, of the attendance at the cathedral of Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip, who were among the 2,300 invited guests at the funeral.
The queen, 87, and the duke, 91, had not attended the funerals of any of the other 10 prime ministers who had served in her 61 years on the throne, save for that of Winston Churchill in 1965.
As it turns out, besides the queen and the duke, Mrs. Thatcher’s two grandchildren (Amanda and Michael) were given prominent roles at the funeral, walking before the coffin and its military pallbearers down the nave of St. Paul’s, bearing purple cushions with two medals, the Order of the Garter and the Order of Merit, which are among Britain’s highest civilian honors, awarded personally by the monarch.
Amanda, impeccably dressed in a black coat, a pearl necklace and a broad-brimmed black hat, read the first lesson, from Ephesians 6: 10-18, in a soft, composed voice; the second, and last, lesson was read by Mr. David Cameron (who is the current prime minister).
EPHESIANS 6: 10-18
Finally, my brothers, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
NOTE: A spectacular (multimedia) pictorial of the day’s events await under this enchantingly long headline from the Mail Online… and you be the judge; scroll down the page to hear Amanda for yourself!