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Thatcher funeral live: Weeping, sadness and hoots of derision accompany Baroness on final journey

By Katie Hodge and Tim Sculthorpe

Published 17/04/2013

A heated debate takes place in the crowd during the funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral.
A heated debate takes place in the crowd during the funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 17: Police with protestors at the Strand on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Fred Duval/Getty Images)
Lord David Trimble leaves the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The BBC Large Television Screen in Liverpool City centre which Liverpool City Council had turned off and would not show the Thatcher Funeral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II arrives or the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, outside St. Paul's Cathedral, on April 17, 2013 in London
Handout photo issued by the Ministry of Defence of the inside of St Clement Danes Church as part of Baroness Thatcher's funeral procession takes place. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Harland Quarrington/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Guests read from the order of service during the funeral of former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Stefan Wermuth/PA Wire
Member of the Thatcher family (left to right) Carol Thatcher with partner Marco Grass, Sarah Thatcher, Mark Thatcher, Michael Thatcher and Amamda Thatcher after the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher at St. Paul's Cathedral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
People watch a live broadcast of Baroness Thatcher's funeral at the Grantham Museum in Grantham, Lincolnshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Members of the public during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: An office building on Fleet Street overlooking the funeral cortege carrying the body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher displays a banner saying Goodbye Maggie on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world are today joining Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 17: British opposition party leader Ed Milliband and his wife Justine Thornton arrive for the funeral of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, outside St. Paul's Cathedral, on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Joel Ryan - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Former paratroopers attend the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on Fleet Street on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Armed Service Personnel during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Pensioners of the Royal Hospital Chelsea leave the steps of St Paul's Cathedral during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 17: Demonstrator Ben, aged 34, carries a protest sign during the funeral of former British prime minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Flowers are laid out in Parliament Square during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at Parliament Square on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Flowers are laid out in Parliament Square during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at Parliament Square on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Amanda and Michael Thatcher, grandchildren of Baroness Thatcher attend her funeral at St Paul's Cathedral, central London, at the start of the funeral service. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Ben Stansall/PA Wire
A member of public reacts as the coffin containing late former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is taken from St Clement Danes church during her funeral procession ahead of her funeral service at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Carl Court/PA Wire
Members of democratic party Parnas place flowers under a portrait of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher near to the British consulate in St.Petersburg, Russia, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, on the day of her funeral taking place in London. The poster quotes Thatcher in Russian, reading: I'm continuing my battle. I'm fighting to win. The coffin containing the body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was driven Wednesday, April 17, 2013, from the Houses of Parliament to the church of St. Clement Danes for prayers ahead of the former leader's full ceremonial funeral at St. Paul's Cathedral in London.(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Protestors on Farringdon Street during the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Jane Howie and Gideon Seymour have a a picnic outside Bradford Town Hall to mark Baroness Thatcher's funeral being held. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
Carol Thatcher arrives for the funeral of her mother, Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Joel Ryan/PA Wire
The funeral of Baroness Thatcher is shown on television screens inside a Richer Sounds Store in Liverpool. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Flowers are laid out in Parliament Square during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at Parliament Square on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Protesters as the coffin is carried on a horse drawn gun carriage during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at Ludgate Hill on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
EASINGTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Banners are displayed outside Easington Colliery Club and Institute by former miners on the 20th anniversary of the closure of the colliery on April 17, 2013 in Easington, England. Former miners and their families are today holding a commemoration party for the closure of the pit at Easington Colliery; coinciding with the ceremonial funeral for Baroness Thatcher, who took on the mining union during the miners' strike which ultimately led to the closure of the mines and the loss of jobs. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minster Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
A spectator shows her emotions during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on Fleet Street on April 17, 2013 in London
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Crowds gather before the cortege passes along Fleet Street towards St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minster Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Members of the Armed Services lift the coffin from a horse drawn gun carriage during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
EASINGTON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Banners are displayed outside Easington Colliery Club and Institute by former miners on the 20th anniversary of the closure of the colliery on April 17, 2013 in Easington, England. Former miners and their families are today holding a commemoration party for the closure of the pit at Easington Colliery; coinciding with the ceremonial funeral for Baroness Thatcher, who took on the mining union during the miners' strike which ultimately led to the closure of the mines and the loss of jobs. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minster Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Tributes on display during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at Parliament Square on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
As the Coffin of Baroness Thatcher leaves St Clements Danes Church on route to St Paul's Cathedral the Honorable Artillery Company fire Processional Minute Guns from in front of Tower Bridge.
Former Cabinet minister Douglas Hurd (right) and Conservative MP Adam Afriyie arrive for the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
Amanda Thatcher gives a reading during the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Crowds on the steps of the Royal Courts of Justice gather to watch as a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery carries the coffin of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher as it leaves St Clement Danes Church and travels onto St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: A protest sign as the coffin is carried on a horse drawn gun carriage during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at Ludgate Hill on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 17: Crowds watch as the coffin of former British prime minister, Baroness Margaret Thatcher, passes through the streets during her funeral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Warrick Page/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Members of the public look out of office windows during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Sir Bernard Ingham attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Miners arrive at Easington Colliery club for today's gathering as the funeral of Baroness Thatcher takes place.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Mourners wait for the funeral cortege carrying the body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to pass along Fleet Street on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world are today joining Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Police spotters watch as crowds gather to watch as a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery carries the coffin of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher as it leaves St Clement Danes Church and travels onto St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Police come to the aid of a man who collapsed as crowds gather to watch as a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery carries the coffin of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher as it leaves St Clement Danes Church and travels onto St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Police run across the path of the funeral cortege carrying the body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at Ludgate Circus on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world are today joining Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha Cameron attend the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
Miners arrive at Easington Colliery club for today's gathering as the funeral of Baroness Thatcher takes place.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Mourners wait for the funeral cortege carrying the body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher to pass along Fleet Street on April 17, 2013 in London
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Police spotters watch as crowds gather to watch as a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery carries the coffin of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher as it leaves St Clement Danes Church and travels onto St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Miners arrive at Easington Colliery club for today's gathering as the funeral of Baroness Thatcher takes place.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
Miners arrive at Easington Colliery club for today's gathering as the funeral of Baroness Thatcher takes place.PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Police come to the aid of a man who collapsed as crowds gather to watch as a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery carries the coffin of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher as it leaves St Clement Danes Church and travels onto St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: A man covers his face (C) as crowds gather to watch as a Gun Carriage of The King??s Troop Royal Horse Artillery carries the coffin of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher as it leaves St Clement Danes Church and travels onto St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
The funeral cortege carrying the body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passes along Fleet Street on April 17, 2013 in London
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The Bearer Party, made up of personnel from the three branches of the military, transfer the coffin of British former prime minister Margaret Thatcher onto a gun carriage to be drawn by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery during her ceremonial funeral at the Church of St Clement Danes on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Carl Court - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Prime Minister David Cameron, his wife Samantha and Mark Oakley (L), Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral attend the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Protestors raise banners as crowds gather to watch as a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery carries the coffin of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher as it leaves St Clement Danes Church and travels onto St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Crowds gather to watch as a Gun Carriage of The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery carries the coffin of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher as it leaves St Clement Danes Church and travels onto St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Police run across the path of the funeral cortege carrying the body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at Ludgate Circus on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world are today joining Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
A mourner holds the order of service during the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Ben Stansall/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: A protester holds a sign at Trafalgar Square ahead of the funeral procession for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher with a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: A protester holds a sign at Trafalgar Square ahead of the funeral procession for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher with a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Keith Joseph (L) attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Police run across the path of the funeral cortege carrying the body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at Ludgate Circus on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world are today joining Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
A Catholic nun protests outside the Courts of Justice in the Strand prior to the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu and wife Sara Netanyahu (right) are greeted by Labour leader Ed Miliband (left) at the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire
A Union flag draped coffin bearing the body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is carried on a gun carriage drawn by the King's Troop Royal Artillery during the ceremonial funeral procession of Baroness Thatcher, ahead of her funeral at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Matt Dunham/PA Wire
Chancellor Mark David Oakley of St.Paul's attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: A Gun Carriage of The King??s Troop Royal Horse Artillery carries the coffin of Former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher as it leaves St Clement Danes Church and travels onto St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: People watch from a roof top as the funeral cortege carrying the body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passes along Fleet Street on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world are today joining Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The funeral cortege carrying the body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher passes along Fleet Street on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world are today joining Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
The coffin of Baroness Thatcher is carried aloft by members of the armed forces prior to her funeral at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
The coffin bearing the body of Baroness Thatcher is carried into St Paul's Cathedral, central London for her funeral service. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh attend the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Mark Thatcher during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Six-year-old Vienna Wilson from Newcastle arrives to place flowers at the door of the home of Baroness Thatcher, prior to her funeral service at St Paul's Cathedral, central London.
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: An military band march past during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Clement Dane's Church on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: A Tory party flag flies during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at Clement Dane's Church on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Jeremy Clarkson (L) and Andrew Lloyd Webber, Baron Lloyd-Webber (R) attend the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London
A Union flag draped coffin bearing the body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is carried on a gun carriage drawn by the King's Troop Royal Artillery during the ceremonial funeral procession of Baroness Thatcher, ahead of her funeral at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Matt Dunham/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Wellwishers line the route during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on Fleet Street on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Wellwishers and protesters alike line the route during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on Fleet Street on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
A Union flag draped coffin bearing the body of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is carried on a gun carriage drawn by the King's Troop Royal Artillery during the ceremonial funeral procession of Baroness Thatcher, ahead of her funeral at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Matt Dunham/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Lord Norman Lamont (C) arrives prior to the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
Mark Thatcher with his wife Sarah leave the home of Baroness Thatcher in Chester Square, Belgravia, on their way to her funeral service at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Tim Ireland/PA Wire
Ffion Hague and Cherie Blair attend the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Christopher Furlong/PA Wire
Guests take their seats ahead of the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The coffin is carried to the hearse during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft at the Palace of Westminster on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
The coffin bearing the body of Baroness Thatcher is moved from the Palace of Westminster, where it rested overnight in the chapel of St Mary Undercroft, as it makes it's way to her funeral service, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Residents from mining communities near Barnsley put out banners on the day of the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher.
The coffin bearing the body of Baroness Thatcher is moved from the Palace of Westminster, where it rested overnight in the chapel of St Mary Undercroft, as it makes it's way to her funeral service, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: An Military band march past during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on Fleet Street on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The coffin of the Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher is brought down The Strand in a hearse on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minster Baroness Thatcher with a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Protester display slogans and banners during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Actress Joan Collins attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
The coffin is transferred to the hearse during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: An Military band march past during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on Fleet Street on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: An Military band march past St Clement Dane's Church during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Residents from mining communities at Goldthorpe near Barnsley suspend an effigy of Margaret Thatcher on the end of a rope on the day of the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire
A hearse carrying the coffin of Baroness Thatcher passes the gates of Downing Street ahead of her funeral service at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Residents from mining communities at Goldthorpe near Barnsley suspend an effigy of Margaret Thatcher on the end of a rope on the day of the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair (L) attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The coffin is transferred to the hearse during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The coffin is transferred to the hearse during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Protesters outside the Courts of Justice in the Strand prior to the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
Protesters outside the Courts of Justice in the Strand prior to the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Mayor of London Boris Johnson attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The hearse makes its way during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell arrives prior to the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The hearse heads towards the Cenotaph during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Mounted Police make their way up Whitehall prior to the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 17: Police on motorbike ride up the Strand ahead of the funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Fred Duval/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Police inspect a drain on the route to St Paul's Cathedral prior to the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on Fleet Street on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: The coffin is transferred to the hearse during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Former Prime Ministers John Major (C) and Tony Blair with their wives Norma Major and Cherie Blair (L) attend the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: A protester holds a banner during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at Clement Dane's Church on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Wellwishers hang flags during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Former Cabinet minister Leon Brittan attends the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990 (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Guests arrive prior to the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 17: Daily Telegraph Vendor at the Strand on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Fred Duval/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 17: A well-wisher holds up a banner ahead of the funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Matt Dunham - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown with his wife Sarah Brown attend the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: Protester Mary MacMillan holds a sign of protest at Trafalgar Square ahead of the funeral procession for former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minster Baroness Thatcher with a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 17: A spectator holds a banner during the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher at Ludgate Hill on April 17, 2013 in London, England. Dignitaries from around the world today join Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the United Kingdom pays tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher during a Ceremonial funeral with military honours at St Paul's Cathedral. Lady Thatcher, who died last week, was the first British female Prime Minister and served from 1979 to 1990. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
John Sergeant arrives for the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Residents from mining communities near Barnsley put out banners on the day of the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire
Mourners make their way up the steps of St Paul's Cathedral for the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Lord Cecil Parkinson arrives for the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Simon Weston arrives for the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Chris Ison/PA Wire
Sarah, Duchess of York arrives for the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Dave Thompson/PA Wire
Residents from mining communities near Barnsley put out banners on the day of the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire
The unveiling by the South Kesterven District Council of a personalised rose which has been named Grantham's Thatcher Rose in tribute to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Grantham, Lincolnshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
The unveiling by the South Kesterven District Council of a personalised rose which has been named Grantham's Thatcher Rose in tribute to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in Grantham, Lincolnshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire
Guests arrive for the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 17, 2013. See PA story FUNERAL Thatcher. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Police block off the road around Parliament Square prior to the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, at St Paul's Cathedral, central London.
Police patrol the route ahead of Baroness Margater Thatchers' funeral on April 17, 2013
Police patrol the route ahead of Baroness Margater Thatchers' funeral on April 17, 2013
A police officer leads a sniffer dog along Whitehall ahead of the funeral procession for former prime minister Margaret Thatcher on April 17, 2013 in London
Danny Jones and his son Jordan, from Liverpool, camp outside St Paul's Cathedral, in central London, to watch the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. PRESS ASSOCIATION
Police officers walk along the Strand ahead of the Ceremonial funeral of former British Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher
John Loughley, 58, of Wandsworth (R) and Margaret Kittle of Winona, Canada stand outside Paul's Cathedral ahead of the funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
Margaret Thatcher
The coffin of Baroness Thatcher rests in the Crypt Chapel of St Mary Undercroft beneath the Houses of Parliament
Carol Thatcher leaves the Houses of Parliament after a short private service to receive the body of her late mother, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, to the crypt chapel of St Mary Undercroft
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: Sarah Thatcher (L) , daughter-in-law of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, leaves Parliament after attending a private service ahead of her funeral on April 16, 2013 in London, England. Lady Thatcher's coffin will rest inside the Chapel Of St Mary Undercroft overnight before a ceremonial funeral service is held at St Paul's Cathedral tomorrow. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 16: Marco Grass (L) and Carol Thatcher, daughter of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, pass 'Black Rod', Lieutenant-General David Leakey (R) as they leave Parliament after attending a private service ahead of her funeral on April 16, 2013 in London, England. Lady Thatcher's coffin will rest inside the Chapel Of St Mary Undercroft overnight before a ceremonial funeral service is held at St Paul's Cathedral tomorrow. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)
A protester wears a mask depicting former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during a party to mark her death in central London's Trafalgar square, Saturday, April 13, 2013
Flowers laid outside the home of Baroness Thatcher in Belgravia, London following her death this morning after a stroke
Margaret Thatcher fielding questions with Foreign Secretary, Geoffrey Howe (background), at a press conference, in London
In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI, wearing his Saturn hat, greets former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 27, 2009
File photo dated 11/05/83 of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher receiving Soviet writer Aleksander Solzhenitsyn at No 10 Downing Street, London
File photo dated 24/10/2000 of former Conservative Prime Ministers Sir Edward Heath and Baroness Thatcher check their watches as they listen to the debate at the Conservative Party Conference annual conference in Bournemouth. Baroness Thatcher died this morning following a stroke, her spokesman Lord Bell said
FILE - APRIL 8: Lord Bell, spokesperson for Baroness Margaret Thatcher, announced in a statement that the former British Prime Minister died peacefully following a stroke aged 87. November 1976: Conservative party leader Margaret Thatcher makes a 'victory' sign outside her home in Chelsea, London. (Photo by John Minihan/Evening Standard/Getty Images)
FILE - APRIL 8: Lord Bell, spokesperson for Baroness Margaret Thatcher, announced in a statement that the former British Prime Minister died peacefully following a stroke aged 87. British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street, London, at the start of her third term in office. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
FILE - APRIL 8: Lord Bell, spokesperson for Baroness Margaret Thatcher, announced in a statement that the former British Prime Minister died peacefully following a stroke aged 87. Margaret Hilda Thatcher, nee Roberts, as the Conservative candidate for Dartford, Kent, and before she married husband Denis. (Photo by Chris Ware/Getty Images)
1980: (FILE PHOTO) Baroness Margaret Thatcher, 85, Britain's Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, Reports on April 8, 2013 state that Baroness Thatcher has died following a stroke.. British Conservative politician and first woman to hold the office of Prime Minister of Great Britain Margaret Thatcher speaks at the Tory Party Conference on in Brighton, East Sussex circa 1980. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
1985: (FILE PHOTO) Baroness Margaret Thatcher, 85, Britain's Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, Reports on April 8, 2013 state that Baroness Thatcher has died following a stroke.. Please refer to the following profile on Getty Images Archival for further imagery. http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Search.aspx?EventId=108930459&EditorialProduct=Archival British prime minister Margaret Thatcher holds a chimpanzee in 1985. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)
File photo dated 08/11/05 of Margaret Thatcher at the memorial service for former Conservative Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, at Westminster Abbey in central London. Baroness Thatcher died this morning following a stroke, her spokesman Lord Bell said
The death of former Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher has divided opinion across Northern Ireland
Prime Minister David Cameron pays respects to Margaret Thatcher

Baroness Thatcher was today granted the honour of a ceremonial funeral at St Paul's Cathedral in the presence of the Queen, Prime Minister David Cameron and dignitaries from all around the world.

A coffin bearing the body of Britain's first female prime minister was carried in military procession through streets lined by thousands of mourners and members of all three armed services.

Although the event was not the state funeral received by Sir Winston Churchill, it was conducted with more pomp and ceremony than any seen in London since the death of the Queen Mother in 2002.

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A gun carriage drawn by six black horses carried Lady Thatcher to St Paul's, where a congregation of more than 2,300 guests had gathered to pay their final respects.

Earlier, the longest-serving prime minister of the 20th century left Parliament for the last time as a hearse took her body from the crypt chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster to the start of the military procession at St Clement Danes in The Strand.

Lady Thatcher's coffin, draped in the Union flag, bore a large bouquet of white roses with a handwritten note from children Sir Mark and Carol Thatcher reading "Beloved Mother - Always in our Hearts".

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Prime Minister David Cameron said the funeral was a "fitting tribute" to a major national figure, and urged the Iron Lady's political opponents to show "respect" during the event.

But protesters joined mourners lining the route of the procession, some of them voicing anger over the reported £10 million cost of the funeral.

Rows broke out between supporters of Lady Thatcher and demonstrators outside the Royal Courts of Justice.

A pensioner, dressed in a suit and black tie, called Phil Williams, was holding a banner saying "Rest in Shame", a "piece of s***", to loud cheers.

"Sorry, but it needs saying, they're burying an old woman," he said.

The pensioner was led along the pavement by police but released as he was heckled in turn by demonstrators.

That was preceded by a row between bank worker Nic Ashworth, 32, originally from Rochdale and Nick Lill, 46, an artist from London.

What started out as a heated exchange boiled, simmered then evaporated after 10 minutes.

"It's good having a debate," said Mr Ashworth.

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"I completely understand if you were a mill worker or a miner.

"My dad was a Labour supporter back then but now thinks she did great things for the country.

"Look at the facts and stop blaming the past.

"Did soldiers returning from the war just stop their lives and refuse to get on? No they didn't."

Mr Lill disagreed saying today's funeral with all its pomp sickened him.

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude, who has led Government preparations for the event, insisted today that the cost would be "much, much less" than this figure, but no official estimate has yet been released.

Mr Cameron accepted that opinions were divided over the legacy of Lady Thatcher, who died last week aged 87.

But he said that Britain's first female prime minister had created a new consensus during her time in power, telling BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "In a way, we are all Thatcherites now.

"She was the first woman prime minister, she served for longer in the job that anyone for 150 years, she achieved some extraordinary things in her life. I think what is happening today is absolutely fitting and right."

At dawn today, Union flags and the national flags of the UK were lowered to half-mast at Government buildings and other locations across the country as a mark of respect. They will remain lowered until dusk.

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In a poignant journey down streets lined with mourners, the hearse bore the former prime minister's body past some of the scenes of the triumphs and setbacks of her remarkable career.

As it made its way down Whitehall under overcast skies, it passed the gates of Downing Street - Lady Thatcher's home from 1979, when she arrived as prime minister quoting St Francis of Assisi's "Where there is despair let us bring hope", until her tearful departure after being ejected by her own party in 1990.

Prayers were said at the RAF church of St Clement Danes on The Strand by resident chaplain the Rev David Osborn as the coffin was transferred to a gun carriage of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery for the military procession.

The carriage made its way at a pace of 70 steps per minute down The Strand, Temple Bar, Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill to St Paul's. The wheels of the 1.5-ton carriage had been changed from steel to rubber so it runs more quietly on the road.

The Band of Her Majesty's Royal Marines Portsmouth led the procession, striking eight bass drum beats to set the pace and playing funeral marches by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Chopin.

The route was lined by members of all three services in full ceremonial day dress, officers wearing black armbands, with colours draped and rifle muzzles pointed downwards towards the ground as a mark of respect.

More than 4,000 police officers were on duty to ensure security amid heightened fears of a terror attack sparked by the bombing of the Boston marathon in the US.

As the procession moved forward, a gun salute was fired at one-minute intervals from the Tower of London. Among the three 105mm light guns operated by the Honourable Artillery Company were two used in the Falklands, which were last fired in anger at Goose Green and the final assault on Port Stanley.

As the procession arrived at St Paul's there was warm applause from crowds packing the pavements, along with some booing.

The cortege was met by a guard of honour from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards at the West Steps of St Paul's, which were lined by members of all three services and 16 Chelsea pensioners. A single half-muffled bell tolled.

The eight pall-bearers who carried the casket into the Cathedral were drawn from Army units, Royal Navy ships and RAF stations with links to the Falklands war, commanded by Major Nick Mott of the Welsh Guards who served in the 1982 conflict.

Lady Thatcher's grandchildren Michael and Amanda walked ahead of the coffin as it entered the cathedral, carrying cushions bearing the insignia of the Order of the Garter and Order of Merit, which were laid on the altar.

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh headed a glittering list of dignitaries from around the world, former colleagues and showbusiness stars attending the funeral, including Mr Cameron and all members of his Cabinet, as well as more than 30 members of Lady Thatcher's cabinets from 1979 to 1990.

Around 170 countries were represented by dignitaries, including two heads of state, 11 serving prime ministers, members of royal families, foreign ministers and ambassadors.

But there were no serving ministers from either the US or French administrations.

President Barack Obama's official delegation was led by George Shultz and James Baker, who both served as secretaries of state during the Thatcher era, while French president Francois Hollande has sent Elisabeth Guigou, a close adviser to Francois Mitterrand while Lady Thatcher was in office.

Former US vice-president Dick Cheney and ex-secretary of state Henry Kissinger were attending in a personal capacity.

In a mark of continuing tensions over the Falkland Islands, Argentine ambassador Alicia Castro declined an invitation to attend.

At the former prime minister's request, the funeral was being framed by British music, with pieces by UK composers played at the beginning and end of the service.

Lady Thatcher chose the hymn He Who Would Valiant Be, while the Charles Wesley hymn Love Divine, All Loves Excelling will reflect the influence of her Methodist upbringing, and the final hymn will be the patriotic verse I Vow To Thee My Country.

The organ played Psalm 84, set to the music of Johannes Brahms, which is the same piece Lady Thatcher chose to be played at the funeral of her husband Sir Denis Thatcher in 2003.

Mr Cameron and Amanda Thatcher were giving readings from the King James Bible, and Bishop of London Richard Chartres was delivering the address.

At the conclusion of the service, a blessing was due to be given by Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, before the coffin is borne out of the cathedral and returned to a hearse which will take it to the Royal Hospital Chelsea ahead of a private cremation at Mortlake Crematorium in south west London.

 

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