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TODAY   |  April 17, 2013

UK says goodbye to Margaret Thatcher

Security is on high alert in London as the public funeral of former prime minister Margaret Thatcher is held just days after the bombings in Boston. The funeral, at St. Paul’s Cathedral, is attended by dignitaries from around the world. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports.

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>> thatcher. tamron hall is here with details.

>> good morning everyone. as mentioned leaders from around the world are in london this morning to pay their respects at the funeral for britain's first and only female prime minister, margaret thatcher . nbc's keir simmons is at st. paul's cathedral.

>> reporter: good morning. there's a high profile police presence because there are many vip inside st. paul's cathedral including the queen and duke of edinburgh , and dick cheney , henry kissinger , james baker and george schultz . tamr tamron, this is a ceremonial sendoff, nicknamed the iron lady , seesaw out the end of the cold war . she was a divisive figure and there have been some protests but many people here in the streets to pay their last respects and even the bells of big ben have been silenced, tamron, for margaret thatcher 's funeral.

>> keir, thank you very much.