The funeral of Baroness Thatcher, the first female UK prime minister, will be along the same lines as those of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the Queen Mother. With upto an estaimted 2000 people attending the funeral and many millions watching at home.
09:00 - Doors open for guests at St Paul’s Cathedral.
10:00 - The coffin, dressed in a Union Flag, will leave the Palace of Westminster and will travel by hearse to the Church of St Clement Danes, the RAF Chapel, on the Strand in central London.
10:30 - The coffin will then will be transferred to a Gun Carriage drawn by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery to St Paul’s Cathedral. The route will be lined by tri-service military personnel.
11:00 - The coffin will arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral when the funeral service will begin, it will last just under an hour.
Following the service the coffin will travel by hearse to the Royal Hospital Chelsea. There will be two receptions following the Baroness Thatcher’s funeral service. (A private cremation at Mortlake Crematorium will take place later in the evening.)
12:10 - At Guildhall there will be a reception for friends and family of Lady Thatcher and representatives of UK institutions.
13:15 - The foreign secretary will host a reception at the Mansion House for representatives from foreign states and other distinguished foreign VIPs.
Parliament’s Big Ben bell will be silenced for the funeral while all UK government departments will fly flags on their buildings at half-mast.
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