Pieter De Crem to represent Belgium at Thatcher's funeral

Vice-PM and Defence Minister Pieter De Crem (Flemish Christian democrat) will represent Belgium at the funeral service of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The ceremony takes places in London's Saint Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday.

Thatcher died last Monday at the age of 87. She was the first and - until now - the only female British Premier ever. The funeral will be one with military honours.

Invitations to Thatcher's funeral were sent to more than 2,000 celebrities, dignitaries, colleagues and friends of the late British leader, from former U.S. presidents to Dynasty star Joan Collins and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.