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Shultz, Baker Named U.S. Delegates to Thatcher Funeral

Obama Names Shultz, Baker as U.S. Delegates to Thatcher Funeral
Military personnel take part in rehearsal for former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's funeral outside St Paul's Cathedral in London on April 15, 2013. Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

President Barack Obama named former secretaries of state George Shultz and James A. Baker to lead the U.S. delegation attending the funeral of former British Prime Minister tomorrow.

Both men served while Thatcher was prime minister. Shultz was the chief U.S. diplomat under President Ronald Reagan, Thatcher’s Cold-War ally. Baker served under President George H.W. Bush, who succeeded Reagan in office.

Also included in the delegation are Barbara Stephenson, charge d’affaires to the United Kingdom and Louis Susman, former U.S. ambassador to the U.K.

More than 2,000 invitations are being sent for the funeral of the U.K.’s only female premier. Services will be held in London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Thatcher, 87, died April 8 of a stroke.

The ceremonial funeral with full military honors is the biggest such event for a British political leader since the state funeral for Winston Churchill in 1965. Queen Elizabeth II will lead the mourners.

Other guests expected to attend the funeral include Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2012 presidential election, former Australian Prime Minister John Howard and former South African President F.W. de Klerk, according to lists released by Cameron’s office.

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