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Mourners bid Thatcher farewell

Final respects have been paid to Baroness Thatcher as the former prime minister was carried with full military honours to St Paul's Cathedral for her funeral.

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Ex-Canada PM recalls Thatcher singing Vera Lynn classic

Baroness Thatcher sang an impromptu version of The White Cliffs of Dover after being ousted from power, her friend the former prime minister of Canada Brian Mulroney said today.

Speaking after attending Lady Thatcher's funeral at St Paul's Cathedral today, Mr Mulroney described the poignant memory of seeing her sing "one of the greatest war songs" very soon after being deposed by Conservative Party colleagues.

He paid tribute to his "kind" friend, but recalled:

She could be imperious. I remember having to look at her and say, 'Margaret, I'm not a member of your cabinet - I am the leader of a sovereign nation.'

Mr Mulroney described her funeral as "simple and beautiful and it was a great honour to be there". He also hit out at her detractors for the manner in which they expressed themselves saying:

Am I surprised some people act the way they do in a completely uncivilised manner? That is unfortunately part of our societies.

She should have been allowed the privilege of going to her grave in peace. She made a singular contribution to the UK and the world.

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