As it happened: Margaret Thatcher funeral - Live coverage - The Independent

As it happened: Margaret Thatcher funeral

Coverage on the procession, the ceremony and the Who's Who.

  • The Queen attending Lady Thatcher’s 80th birthday party AP

    4/17/2013 7:18:51 AM
  • Margaret Thatcher and the Queen: The two most powerful women in the world
    The Iron Lady’s relationship with Elizabeth II was not as fraught as is often portrayed
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    4/17/2013 7:19:07 AM
  • Pallbearers carry the coffin of Margaret Thatcher as it arrives to be laid at the Crypt Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Houses of Parliament GETTY IMAGES

    4/17/2013 7:22:52 AM
  • Crowds gather outside St Paul's for Thatcher funeral ind.pn
    4/17/2013 7:40:26 AM
  • Anti-Thatcher protesters took to the streets today to express anger at the cost of the former prime minister's funeral.
    Patricia Welsh, a 69-year-old retired youth worker, joined the Facebook-organised demonstration at the junction of Ludgate Hill and Ludgate Circus in central London.
    She said: "I am absolutely furious that Prime Minister David Cameron has decided to spend £10 million on a funeral when normal people are having to face cutbacks, libraries are closing and the NHS is being cut - for the funeral of a Conservative woman.
    "Like anyone else she deserves a decent funeral, but not at the expense of the taxpayer."
    The pensioner said 2013 reminds her of living in the 1980s.
    "If you're on benefits you're made to feel like a scrounger and evil," she said. (PA)
    4/17/2013 8:16:51 AM
  • The first funeral guests appeared outside St Paul's shortly before 8.30am.
    Falklands veteran Lieutenant Colonel Peter Cameron, of the Royal Marines, recalled an encounter with Lady Thatcher 25 years after the conflict as he spoke of his support for the divisive prime minister.
    "I had a lovely moment with her at RAF Waddington (in Lincolnshire) when she was quite frail and we were watching a display," he said.
    "She was on my arm for 10 minutes and afterwards she said 'That was fun'. (PA)
    4/17/2013 8:19:34 AM
  • People are starting to line Fleet Street now for #thatcherfuneral http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BICikdwCEAAre9K.jpg

  • Scotland Yard said today that three men were arrested last night on suspicion of criminal damage in the City of London.
    The trio, aged 55, 48 and 26, were held around 9.20pm in Threadneedle Street after police spotted fresh graffiti on a wall.
    They searched a car nearby and found articles that could be used for alleged criminal damage. The men remain in custody. (PA)
    4/17/2013 8:33:45 AM
  • Falklands veteran Simon Weston also arrived at St Paul's this morning.
    Earlier this week, the 51-year-old said he hoped "beyond all hope" that the funeral would remain a dignified day, despite strong feelings on both sides towards Lady Thatcher.
    The former Welsh Guard is one of the best-known veterans of the Falklands conflict after suffering horrific burns when he was on board RFA Sir Galahad as it was bombed by Argentine jets in June 1982.
    Among the foreign dignitaries expected to attend are Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Mubark Al-Sabah, the son of the ruler of Kuwait Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed Al Sabah, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti. (PA)
    4/17/2013 8:38:29 AM
  • Sarah, Duchess of York, was among the first to arrive at St Paul's Cathedral today for Baroness Thatcher's funeral.
    The former wife of the Duke of York, wearing a black dress and matching hat, arrived at around 9.15am, shortly after the cathedral doors opened.
    Broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan was also among the first mourners at St Paul's, where the funeral service will begin at 11am.
    Guests were entering St Paul's through the landmark front entrance. (PA)
    4/17/2013 8:39:22 AM
  • Walked the #ThatcherParty route from the High Court onwards, Ludgate Circus appears to be most popular spot http://pbs.twimg.com/media/BICm_YDCcAAlXLa.jpg

  • Simon Weston (left) arrives for the funeral at St Paul's Cathedral (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

    4/17/2013 8:42:44 AM
  • Whitehall and Parliament Square are slowly filling up, but it's still a pretty small crowd compared to Jubilee or Royal Wedding. #Thatcher
  • Shout of "burn in hell" from the crowd. #thatcherfuneral
  • Woman is now screaming at a bloke "I love my country, that's why I'm here to protest against this woman" #thatcherfuneral
  • Needless to say aforementioned bloke did one pretty quickly #thatcherfuneral
  • Big Ben chimed for last time at 9.45am until after funeral.
    4/17/2013 8:47:17 AM
  • Flurry of activity from press photographers when one placard carrying protester appeared on Parli Square. So far the only one I've seen.
  • Solitary protester on Parli Square carried a sign saying 'Rip off Britain' & complained chiefly that #Thatcher made UK a less equal place
  • A corner of Trafalgar Square was filled with folk music as a man describing himself as the "Britain's Got Talent Irish dancer" pranced around in front of a sound system and drew a small crowd.
    He held aloft a large sign bearing the words: "Margaret Thatcher was courageous and patriotic but flawed like all politicians". (PA)
    4/17/2013 8:50:03 AM
  • Few more up here but still not that many RT @JeromeTaylor One placard carrying protester appeared on Parli Square. So far only one I've seen
  • An armed policeman at Ludgate Hill (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

    4/17/2013 8:52:46 AM
  • Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York attends the funeral (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

    4/17/2013 8:55:50 AM
  • Just a few mins to go until the funeral cortege leaves Parliament and suddenly the sound of the Met's helicopter fills the skies #Thatcher
  • Chants of 'waste of money' as Army marches past #thatcherfuneral
  • Baroness Thatcher's coffin being driven from the Palace of Westminster via Whitehall and the Strand to St Clement Danes Church in Aldwych. Applause as hearse moves away.
    4/17/2013 8:59:32 AM
  • Westminster Abbey bells ring out as #Thatcher's hearse leaves Parliament
  • A few members of the crowd are applauding as the cortege goes by #Thatcher.
  • British mezzo-soprano singer Katherine Jenkins arrives at the funeral (LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

    4/17/2013 9:05:20 AM
  • The coffin is transferred to the hearse after a night at the Palace of Westminster (Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

    4/17/2013 9:07:54 AM
  • 10.07am: Baroness Thatcher's coffin, after being driven from the Palace of Westminster via Whitehall and the Strand, arrives at St Clement Danes Church in Aldwych.
    4/17/2013 9:08:31 AM
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