More than 2,000 invited to Thatcher funeral

Invitations to Margaret Thatcher

FILE - In this Nov. 15, 2006 file photo, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sits in the House of Lords awaiting the Queen's speech during the State Opening of Parliament in London, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2006. Thatcher's former spokesman, Tim Bell, said the former prime minister, known to both friends and foes as "The Iron Lady," died of a stroke Monday morning, April 8, 2013. She was 87. (AP Photo/Adrian Dennis, Pool, File)

LONDON (AP) — Invitations to Margaret Thatcher's funeral are going out to more than 2,000 celebrities, dignitaries, colleagues and friends of the late British leader — from former U.S. presidents to composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The government says invitations are being printed Thursday and will be mailed out on Friday. Some invitees may not attend.

The list includes all surviving U.S. presidents, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, as well as British politicians and representatives of 200 states and organizations.

Entertainment figures include novelist Frederick Forsyth, singer Shirley Bassey and TV host Jeremy Clarkson.

A representative of Nelson Mandela — whom Thatcher once called a terrorist — has also been invited.

Thatcher will be given a funeral with military honors at St. Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday.
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