Funeral of Margaret Thatcher

Details of Baroness Thatcher's funeral have been announced today, and how will she be remembered? We have a selection of views.

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Maude: A huge amount of interest in Thatcher funeral

Francis Maude
Francis Maude has been key in the funeral arrangements. Credit: ITV News

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has said that there has been a “huge amount of interest” in Baroness Thatcher’s funeral.

“There is already a huge amount of interest, there’s a guest list.

“People will be invited over the coming days…

“There’s a huge amount of people, not only in Britain but around the world who will want to pay their respects to her.”

Asked about the Queen’s attendance, he added: “I think it’s very significant that Her Majesty and the Duke wish to attend.

“She was a very longstanding prime minister and she was transformational for Britain and also made a huge difference for the world.”

This morning’s meeting to organise the funeral included the MoD, the police, Number 10, Parliamentary authorities, the family and the Conservative Party.

Kent flag at half mast as Thatcher opinions differ

The flags above Kent County Council's County Hall have been lowered to half-mast in tribute to former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher.

Lady Thatcher twice stood to be an MP in Dartford before becoming the country’s first female premier.

During the course of her premiership in the 1980s she put the greatness back into Britain and we became a prosperous, confident nation once again.

She encouraged self reliance, the empowerment of individuals and the business community. A conviction politician that told the country straight what was needed and what she thought.

– Cllr Paul Carter, council leader

Mrs Thatcher is portrayed as anti European, but she signed the Single European Act. In reducing the iron grip of the unions, she destroyed much of the heavy iron, steel, engineering and mining industry across the country including in the Kent coalfields.

The communities which relied on those industries suffered greatly as a result, and are still recovering from it.

– Cllr Trudy Dean, KCC Liberal Democrat leader

I respect any MP from any background or party and especially someone who led this country for 11 years.

However, as a politician who spent many years in East Kent, I can only say that the sweeping pit closures enforced by Thatcher’s government devastated many communities.

Today we are still struggling with the economy because the damage caused by Thatcher’s policies lives on.

– Cllr Gordon Cowan, KCC Labour leader
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Baroness Thatcher's funeral to begin at Houses of Parliament

Flowers laid outside the home of Baroness Thatcher in Belgravia, London following her death yesterday after a stroke Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The funeral or Baroness Thatcher, former Finchley MP, will be held on Wednesday 17th April.

It will begin at the Houses of Parliament in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft.

The former prime minister's coffin will be taken by a hearse to the RAF Chapel, the church of St Clement Danes, in the Strand.

The cortege will then be transferred to a gun carriage drawn by the King's Troop Royal Artillery, before proceeding down The Strand through Aldwych, along the length of Fleet Street, up Ludgate Hill to St Paul's Cathedral.

Queen Elizabeth II and Baroness Margaret Thatcher before lunch for members of the Order of Merit at Buckingham Palace in 2009 Credit: John Stillwell/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In a statement released by Downing Street, Baroness Thatcher's family have requested that instead of flowers, donations be made to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, where her husband Denis's ashes are buried.

The Queen personally decided to attend Lady Thatcher's funeral. This will be the first funeral of a Prime Minister she will attend since Winston Churchill's state ceremony in 1965.

BREAKING NEWS: Thatcher funeral next Wednesday

The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh are to attend the funeral of Baroness Thatcher next Wednesday, it was announced today.

The ceremony, expected to be attended by dignitaries from around the world, will be held at St Paul's cathedral.

A Downing Street spokesman said the date had been agreed at a "co-ordination meeting" with the Thatcher family and Buckingham Palace this morning.

A statement from the Palace said: "The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, will attend the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral next Wednesday."

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