The 87-year-old ‘Lady Thatcher’ as she was known died last week at the Ritz Hotel in London. Tomorrow, the nation and Her Majesty The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are to pay their final respects to Britain’s first female Prime Minister in a ceremonial funeral service at St Paul’s Cathedral, London.
At the time of her death, is was announced that Thatcher would be accorded a Ceremonial Funeral rather than a State Funeral, reflecting her own wishes. She will not lie in State and will not have a Military fly past though will be afforded full military honours otherwise.
Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors are to line the route for tomorrow’s funeral. This evening, the coffin of Lady Thatcher is to be taken to the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, near Parliament, where it will remain overnight before being taken in the morning by hearse up Whitehall and along the Strand to St Clement Danes, where the funeral procession for the coffin will begin.
There, the coffin will be transferred to a gun carriage where horses from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will pull the coffin along the processional route to St Paul’s Cathedral.
There a full service will take place in the presence of The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, members of Her Majesty’s Government and other politicians, former Prime Ministers, representatives of the Reagan family and Dame Shirley Bassey, Jeremy Clarkson, Sir Terry Wogan, Joan Collins, Sir Trevor McDonald, Lord and Lady Lloyd Webber and Lord and Lady Archer.