How Margaret Thatcher's funeral will play out
LONDON (CNN) — Prime Minister David Cameron's office has released plans for the funeral of Britain's first women prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, next Wednesday. Here are the details:
Where: St. Paul's Cathedral, in the City of London. The cortege travels the two miles from the Palace of Westminster to St. Paul's through central London, via The Strand.
When: The cathedral doors will open at 9 a.m. and guests are asked to be seated by an hour later. The service is due to start at 11 a.m.
Invitations: More than 2,000 invitations are being sent out. They are color-coded. VIP invitations are white and those guests will be seated under the cathedral dome. A red or green stripe designates port or starboard.
Other colors denote specific areas of the cathedral.
St. Paul's has a capacity of 2,300 and is expected to be full for the service.
Dress code: Decidedly formal, encompassing "full day ceremonial" without swords; morning dress (black waistcoat and black tie) or a dark suit; and for the women a day dress with hat. Those with medals and honors may wear them.
On the guest list:
-- Family members, including Thatcher's twin children, Carol and Mark
-- Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip
-- All surviving former British prime ministers
-- All surviving former U.S. presidents
-- A Ronald Reagan family representative
-- A Nelson Mandela family representative
-- Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton
-- Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and wife, Cherie
-- All surviving members of Margaret Thatcher's Cabinets
-- The current UK Cabinet
-- Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition Labour Party
-- European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso
-- Former South African President F.W. de Klerk
-- Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
-- Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
-- Former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad of Malaysia
-- Former chiefs of staff
-- Conservative Party associates
-- Peers and members of Parliament
Unable to attend:
-- Nancy Reagan, widow of Ronald Reagan
-- Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet leader
-- Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
-- Prince Harry
-- Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall
CNN's Laura Perez Maestro contributed to this report.