Funeral takes place for former PM Baroness Thatcher
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- David Cameron said Baroness Thatcher's funeral was a "fitting tribute to a great prime minister", as crowds paid their respects outside St Paul's Cathedral. The coffin travelled from Westminster in a procession through central London for her funeral.
- A gun carriage drawn by black horses carried Lady Thatcher to St Paul's. Various roads along the route were closed from early on Wednesday morning and drivers were told to avoid the City of London.
- Lady Thatcher's coffin was taken to the cathedral on a gun carriage, with a military guard of honour. The service began with a reading from the King James Bible by David Cameron and hymns chosen by the former prime minister.
- Amanda Thatcher, granddaughter of Baroness Thatcher, also gave a reading during the funeral service at St Paul's Cathedral in London.
- Four thousand police were on duty but there were few signs of protest. Around 2,300 people, from 170 countries, had been been expected to attend. Her coffin rested in the Crypt Chapel of St Mary Undercroft beneath the Houses of Parliament before her funeral.
- Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher died at the age of 87 last week. In a statement, her spokesman Lord Bell said it was "with great sadness that Margaret Thatcher died peacefully" after a stroke.
- The statement from Lord Bell said: "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning."
- Margaret Thatcher was voted in as prime minister in 1979 and served for 11 years, resigning in November 1990. She was known as the Iron Lady. One of her most famous phrases was "the lady's not for turning".
- Margaret Thatcher was not only Britain's first woman prime minister, but the longest-serving prime minister last century. She was pictured in front of a statue unveiled in her honour with then Conservative leader David Cameron in 2007.
- She returned to Number 10 Downing Street on many occasions. She was photographed with then Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown in 2009, who was accompanied by his wife Sarah. She had years of battles with the unions, including the miners' strike in the 1980s.
- In 1982, Margaret Thatcher ordered military action against Argentina who had invaded the Falkland Islands. Troops were sent in to retake the British territory. It was seen as a success for the Thatcher government.
- She escaped death in 1984 after the IRA planted a bomb at the Brighton hotel where the Conservative party conference was being held. Other guests were killed or injured but Mrs Thatcher escaped unhurt.
- Margaret Thatcher's popularity started to fall in 1990 after her party introduced the Poll Tax. Many people thought it was unfair and hundreds of thousands of people demonstrated against it.
- She grew up above a grocery shop in Grantham, studied at Oxford University and worked as a lawyer before becoming an MP. Margaret Thatcher married her husband Dennis (above) in 1951. He died in 2003.
- After her 80th birthday party, Margaret Thatcher disappeared from the public eye and suffered poor health. Lady Thatcher will receive a ceremonial funeral with military honours. The service will be held at St Paul's Cathedral.