Thatcher funeral details released

Details of the arrangements for Margaret Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday were released today by Downing Street.

Thatcher funeral details released

Details of the arrangements for Margaret Thatcher’s funeral on Wednesday were released today by Downing Street.

The funeral will be the largest Britain has seen since that of the Queen Mother’s 11 years ago.

Mrs Thatcher will have a ceremonial funeral complete with military honours with the procession tailored especially to her.

The military procession leading to the service at St Paul’s Cathedral will feature more than 700 serving Armed Forces personnel from units particularly associated with the Falklands War, including some from the Welsh Guards, the regiment that suffered some of the heaviest losses.

The last prime minister to have such a send off was Winston Churchill in 1965, but he had a state funeral.

The procession, timed to last 19 minutes, will see the Union flag-draped coffin carried on a horse-drawn gun carriage from St Clement Danes, the church of the Royal Air Force, down the Strand on Wednesday morning.

Led by the Band of the Royal Marines, the solemn procession will then slowly travel along Fleet Street towards St Paul’s where around 2,000 mourners are expected to attend the service.

Once at St Paul’s, Lady Thatcher’s coffin will be met by a Guard of Honour provided by the Prince of Wales Company of the First Battalion Welsh Guards.

A tri-service bearer party, drawn from ships, squadrons and regiments particularly associated with the Falklands, will then place the coffin on their shoulders and carry itn up the west steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.

The service will be “framed” by British music, with traditional pieces by great British composers played at the beginning and at the end.

British Prime Minister David Cameron and Thatcher's 19-year-old granddaughter Amanda will deliver the readings from the King James Bible – of which she was particularly fond.

The funeral address will be delivered by the Bishop of London, the Rt Rev Richard Chartres.

Her family has asked that, if people wish to pay their respects, they consider making a donation to the Royal Hospital Chelsea rather than laying flowers.

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