"Britain Remembers A Great Briton" Was The Headline For Peggy Noonan's DECLARATIONS In WSJ

 Her poignant paragraphs haunting memories disclose how keenly close the feelings coincide -- to whit: "It mattered that the funeral was in August and splendid St. Paul's, mattered that Thatcher's coffin, placed under the great dome, stood directly over the coffins of Nelson and Wellington in the crypt below. This placing of Thatcher with the greats of the past, and the fact that the queen and Prince Philip came to her funeral as they have for no prime minister since Churchill in 1965, served as an antidote to British television coverage surrounding her death."

And then, "At the end of the funeral they all marched down the aisle in great procession -- the family, the queen, the military pallbearers carrying the casket bearing the Union Jack. The great doors flung open. The pallbearers marched forward, and suddenly from the crowd a great roar.
We looked at each other. Demonstrators? No. Listen. They were cheering. They were calling out three great hurrahs as the pallbearers went down the steps. Three long cheers and applause. It was electric. England came. The people came. Later we would learn they'd stood 30 deep on the sidewalk, that quiet crowds had massed on the Strand and Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill. A man had held up a sign: "But We Loved Her."

Ronald Reagan, John Paul II, and Margaret Thatcher. Crowds engulfed the Capitol; people slept on sidewalks to view him in state. When John Paul died, the Vatican was astonished to see millions converge. What all three of them had in common: No one was with them but the people."