Baroness Thatcher funeral as it happened

Key points

  • The funeral of Baroness Thatcher, Conservative Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, has taken place at St Paul's Cathedral in central London
  • Lady Thatcher died on Monday, 8 April, at the age of 87, after suffering a stroke
  • Her coffin was taken by gun carriage to the cathedral, accompanied by members of the armed forces, who also lined the route
  • Some 2,300 people attended the funeral, including the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Prime Minister David Cameron
  • A protest was staged along the route of the funeral procession, although the crowds included many thousands of well-wishers
  • Former Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair also attended, as well as celebrities including Dame Shirley Bassey and Jeremy Clarkson

Live text

Reporting:

  • Sarah Bell 
  • Rob Corp 
  • Claire Heald 
  • Emma Thelwell 

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Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of the funeral of Baroness Thatcher. We will be bringing you minute-by-minute updates.

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Lady Thatcher's coffin will travel from Westminster and be taken in procession through central London for the funeral at St Paul's Cathedral at 11:00 BST. Some 2,300 people, representing 170 countries, are expected to attend. The Queen will be among them.

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For our full, interactive, guide to the funeral - with a clickable map and videos - have a look here.

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Lady Thatcher has been accorded a ceremonial funeral with military honours, one step down from a state funeral.

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Her coffin will leave Parliament for the last time at 10.00 BST (09:00 GMT), dressed with the union jack after spending the night resting in the crypt chapel of St Mary Undercroft. Around 150 guests, including Lady Thatcher's children Sir Mark and Carol took part in a private service at the chapel on Tuesday night.

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The coffin will initially travel by hearse to the Church of St Clement Danes - the Central Church of the RAF - on the Strand, where it will be transferred to a gun carriage to be drawn by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, who will lead it in procession to St Paul's, where the service is due to start at 11.00 BST.

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The Dean of St Paul's, the Very Reverend Dr David Ison, said Lady Thatcher had played a large part in planning the funeral over the past six years and it would be "relatively humble" in line with her wishes.

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Mr Ison said the "simple" service would be in contrast to the "pomp and ceremony" surrounding the transit of the coffin. "Mrs Thatcher wanted something that was very simple and it is not at all triumphalist," he said.

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In terms of guests, as well as the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh, all 32 members of the current cabinet will attend the service, along with more than 30 members of Lady Thatcher's cabinets from her time as prime minister.