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More details have been emerging today of who will take part in the funeral service for Baroness Thatcher. Richard Jones reports.
Norman Baker, Lib Dem MP for Lewes, respected but did not admire Mrs Thatcher.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Memories of Mrs Thatcher from Sir Gerald Howarth, the Aldershot MP and John Redwood, Wokingham MP who was Mrs Thatcher's chief policy adviser in the mid 80s.
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Lord Tebbit, who was badly injured during the Brighton bombing, pays tribute to Mrs Thatcher.