Queen, Clinton & Clarkson to be at Thatcher funeral

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ref="http://www.cityam.com/people/hillary-clinton">HILLARY Clinton and Jeremy Clarkson will be among the guests joining the Queen at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral next Wednesday, Downing Street confirmed yesterday.

Transport for London also unveiled details of widespread road closures and bus diversions that will hit central London on the day, although tube services will operate as normal.

All former US Presidents, surviving Prime Ministers, and representatives of more than 200 states and international organisations will today receive their invites to the ceremony at St Paul’s cathedral.

EU Commission President Manuel Barroso will also pay his tributes, alongside former South African President FW de Klerk, and a representative of Nelson Mandela.

Last night it was confirmed that broadcasters David Frost and Sir Trevor McDonald, actress Joan Collins, and handbag designer Anya Hindmarch will attend.

Other media figures who will be there include Day of the Jackal author Frederick Forsyth, singer Dame Shirley Bassey, and presenter Terry Wogan.

The guest list was drawn up by Thatcher’s family in conjunction with the government and the Conservative party.

Labour leader Ed Miliband will attend, although his predecessor Neil Kinnock, who sparred with Thatcher from 1983 to 1990, said he will not be present because he intends to be at a friend’s funeral on the same day.

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan’s wife Nancy have already said that they will be missing for health reasons.

Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner has not been asked to attend the ceremony, although the South American country’s ambassador has been invited.

The service will begin at 11am, with the 2,300 guests starting to arrive from 9am onwards.

Motorists have warned been told to completely avoid the City and Westminster next Wednesday.

Roads that will be closed from 7am on the day of the funeral include Cannon Street, St Paul’s Churchyard, Fleet Street, the Strand, and Trafalgar Square. Westminster Bridge will be shut, while there will only be limited access to Waterloo Bridge.

Dozens of bus routes will also be put on diversion from 6am onwards.