Thatcher funeral: Attendees and no-shows

2013-04-16 20:10
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London – Among the more than 2 000 attendees expected at the funeral of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher are former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner FW De Klerk and IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi.

The Cape Argus reported on Tuesday that an invitation had also been sent through the Nelson Mandela Foundation for a member of the family of the former statesman to attend. The paper quoted foundation spokesperson Sello Hatanga saying although the invitation had been received "there won't be anyone presenting Mr Mandela's family as far as I know".

According to the report, the South African government will be represented by either High Commissioner to Britain Zola Skweyiya or his deputy Bongiwe Qwabe.

Among the former US presidents, surviving UK prime ministers, world leaders and celebrities who made the cut are some high profile would-be guests who sent regrets: Former First Lady Nancy Reagan - whose husband had a close relationship with the late premier - will not be able to attend; nor will former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who shared key moments in history with the Iron Lady.

Germany's Angela Merkel is sending her foreign minister, while US power families the Clintons and the Bushes won't be making appearances.

Here's a look at who is - and isn't - attending the funeral Wednesday at St Paul's Cathedral.

Royals

Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip

Greece's Crown Prince Pavlos and Princess Marie-Chantal of the Hellenes

World dignitaries and public figures

Former US Vice President Dick Cheney

Former US presidential candidate Ross Perot

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger

UK Prime Minister David Cameron

Former UK Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and John Major

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle

US presidential delegation, led by former secretaries of state George Shultz and James Baker

Three-member delegation from US House of Representatives, comprised of Republican Representatives Marsha Blackburn, Michele Bachmann and George Holding

Former US presidential candidate Newt Gingrich

Poland's Lech Walesa and Prime Minister Donald Tusk

Greek Foreign Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney

Czech Republic's Prime Minister Petr Necas and former President Vaclav Klaus

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and his wife, Janette

Former Prime Minister Mahathir of Malaysia

London Olympics chief Seb Coe

Celebrities

Dynasty star Joan Collins

Singer Shirley Bassey

Designer Anya Hindmarch

Actor and singer Michael Crawford

Top Gear TV personality Jeremy Clarkson

Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber

Best-selling novelist Jeffrey Archer

Internet pioneer Tim Berners-Lee

Advertising magnate Maurice Saatchi

Classical singer Katherine Jenkins

Notable no-shows

Former US President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Former US First Lady Nancy Reagan, who asked Fred Ryan, Chairperson of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, to represent her

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

Former US President George W Bush

German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto

Alicia Castro, Argentina's ambassador to the UK

- SAPA
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