Margaret Thatcher funeral ceremony settled for April 17th

Lady Thatcher

Lady Thatcher

The funeral ceremony of Late Baroness Thatcher is settled to be held on Wednesday, 17 April at St Paul’s Cathedral and will be attended by the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and dignitaries from around the world.

The former Conservative prime minister had died on Monday of a stroke at the age of 87. Upon her funeral, she will receive full military honours and the similar status as accorded to the Queen Mother in 2002 and Diana Princess of Wales in 1997, in recognition of her influential service for the nation.

A downing Street spokesperson has told that after a fully co-ordinated consultation with the Thatcher family and Buckingham Palace, the date of the burial had been agreed.

A spokesperson from Buckingham Palace has told that Queen Elizabeth II will attend the funeral with her husband the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. It is the first time ever the Queen will attend a ceremonial funeral for a former prime minister since the state funeral of Britain’s wartime leader, Winston Churchill, in 1965.

Presently, Lady Thatcher’s body is being rested in an undisclosed location after it was removed from the Ritz Hotel in the early hours of the morning.

Her coffin will be transferred to the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster the day before funeral. A short service will be provided after its arrival before the coffin will be held in the chapel overnight.

The public will not be able to personally attend the funeral but can line the route of the funeral procession from the RAF Church in the Strand to St Paul’s Cathedral.

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