Tributes paid at funeral reception

Sir Mark Thatcher, pictured with wife Sarah, has joined other members of his family and a host of dignitaries for a reception

Former Prime Minister John Major, Samantha Cameron and Prime Minister David Cameron during the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, centre, and his wife Sarah, second from left, attend the funeral

Former US vice-president Dick Cheney leaving the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher

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Baroness Thatcher's children Sir Mark and Carol Thatcher have joined dignitaries at the Lord Mayor's official residence in the city of London for a post-funeral reception in order of their mother.

The pair were joined by Lady Thatcher's grandchildren Michael and Amanda and a host of visiting dignitaries at Mansion House, a stone's throw away from where thousands had lined the streets to say goodbye to the former prime minister at St Paul's Cathedral.

Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha also attended the reception with coalition partner and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and his wife Miriam, along with a number of foreign prime ministers and foreign officials.

A procession of chauffeur-driven Jaguars, Rolls-Royces and high- end vehicles dropped off politicians and VIPs from across the world at the entrance steps to the building.

Brian Mulroney, the former PM of Canada and friend of Lady Thatcher's, said her funeral was "simple and beautiful and it was a great honour to be there''.

Mr Mulroney, 74, praised her legacy and criticised her detractors for protesting at her funeral. He said: "I think she was an iconic leader and has a fabulous legacy. Am I surprised some people act the way they do in a completely uncivilised

"She revolutionised her country. She revolutionised the UK and in the process irritated a lot of people and some of them are still here but her good works live on. She is up in heaven smiling."

Former defence secretary Dr Liam Fox said: "I thought it was just a wonderful and fitting end to the public life of Margaret Thatcher. The service itself was very moving, simple but to the point. I think that everybody there felt the tremendous emotion of the occasion and the sense of history."

Senior Tory MP David Davis said: "It was a magnificent service with beautiful music, which she of course chose herself."

He praised the sermon delivered by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, adding: "You can't have an English event which has got no humour. Chartres got it just right."

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