A day after the death of Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female prime minister, preparations got under way for a funeral to rival those given to royalty -- a farewell welcomed by some in Britain but questioned by others.
The news of her death, which prompted an outpouring of reaction from UK and world leaders, dominated British newspapers Tuesday.
Pages of tributes and analysis throw up a raft of descriptions: brave, great, fearless, pioneering -- but also divisive, destructive and uncaring.
"The woman who saved Britain," is the Daily Mail headline. "Now give her a state funeral," it demands inside the covers, citing Conservative MPs who say she deserves the kind of honors in death usually reserved for a monarch.
"The woman who divided a nation," is how the Daily Mirror remembers her. It questions whether Thatcher merits the same "ceremonial" style of funeral as Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Queen Mother.
Opposition to Thatcher being accorded the same honors as might be given to the queen one day is being galvanized on Twitter through the hashtag #nostatefuneral. An online petition opposing a state funeral has also picked up more than 25,000 signatures.
Her funeral, with full military honors, will be held Wednesday, April 17, the prime minister's office said Tuesday.
Queen Elizabeth II will be among the high-profile guests, Buckingham Palace said. Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will also be there.
Prince William and his wife, Catherine, who's expecting their first child, will not attend the funeral; nor will Prince Harry, Prince Charles or his wife, Camilla, Buckingham Palace said.
A towering figure in postwar British and global politics, Thatcher is remembered in the world for her Cold War-era friendships with U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, as well as her role in shaping Britain's place in Europe and the short, sharp war she waged with Argentina over the disputed Falkland Islands.
She earned the nickname the "Iron Lady" for her personal and political toughness during her 11 years as prime minister, from 1979 to 1990.
At home, where many blame her for creating soaring unemployment as she reduced or eliminated many government subsidies to business and took on the unions, her legacy is highly polarized.
Her battle with striking coal miners won her few friends in mining communities in northern England and Wales. But supporters believe the tough reforms she pushed through transformed the British economy and gave many working people new freedoms.
The debate over the style of her funeral reflects the decades of strong feeling she's provoked in her homeland.
Security for the service at St. Paul's Cathedral will no doubt be tight, with the queen and other dignitaries present. Police may also take steps to guard against possible protests as the cortege passes through the heart of London.
The service, which will be televised, will be followed by a private cremation, the British prime minister's office announced.
Crowds are expected to line the streets between the Palace of Westminster -- where her coffin will be brought on the eve of the funeral to lie in a chapel -- and St. Paul's Cathedral.
On the day of the funeral, the coffin will travel by hearse from Westminster to a Royal Air Force chapel, where it will be transferred to a gun carriage drawn by the King's Troop Royal Artillery.
From there, it will be taken in procession to St. Paul's Cathedral along a route lined by servicemen and women from the army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force.
The coffin will be greeted at Sir Christopher Wren's landmark domed cathedral by a guard of honor, with military personnel and veterans lining the steps.
Inside will wait family and friends of Thatcher, as well as many of those who worked with her in government and elsewhere.
The funeral is being organized in line with the wishes of her family, Downing Street said. They include her twin children, Mark and Carol.
Thatcher's body was moved overnight from the Ritz Hotel, where she was staying when she died of a stroke at age 87, her spokeswoman confirmed early Tuesday. It's not known where it was taken.