On the other side of the world, residents of the Falkland Islands honored Thatcher with a memorial service at their cathedral in Port Stanley. Meanwhile, Argentine military veterans in Buenos Aires burned a Union flag and accused Thatcher of “murdering” their comrades in Britain’s 1982 war to end Argentina’s occupation of the islands.
But in London, hundreds of people packed the area around the cathedral to say goodbye to a leader they admired.
“I came to commemorate the greatest hero of our modern age,” said 25-year-old Anthony Boutall, clutching a blue rose. “She took a nation on its knees and breathed new life into it.”
AP writers Shawn Pogatchnik in Dublin, Sylvia Hui in London and APTN producer Paul Byrne in Buenos Aires contributed to this report.
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