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|Reagan to Get Send-Off From Thatcher
- 1980s ally in taped salute to former US President
A TEN-MINUTE EULOGY by Lady (Margaret Thatcher) is to be one of the highlights at Friday's funeral of Ronald Reagan in Washington DC.
The former British Prime Minister and close political ally of the late US President has been advised by doctors not to speak in public so she has recorded a message which will be played to the funeral audience.
"President Reagan was one of my closest political and dearest personal friends," Thatcher said. "He will be missed not only by those who knew him and not only by the nation that he served so proudly and loved so deeply but also by millions of men and women who live in freedom today because of the policies he pursued.
"Ronald Reagan had a higher claim than any other leader to have won the Cold War for liberty and he did it without a shot being fired."
Thatcher will also attend the event, along with current PM Tony Blair, who said Reagan had been a "good friend of Britain." The Stars and Stripes on the roof top of the US Embassy on Grosvenor Square has been flying at half-mast since the announcement of Reagan's death on the weekend.