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Margaret Thatcher's funeral: more than 700 Armed Forces personnel

Baroness Thatcher meeting Armed Forces personnel recently Credit: Ministry of Defence

Details have been released of the plans for Margaret Thatcher's funeral at St. Paul's Cathedral. The Ministry of Defence says, the funeral, to be held on Wednesday, will involve more than 700 Armed Forces personnel, including many from our region.

The Coffin will be drawn on a Gun Carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from St Clement Danes Church (the church of the Royal Air Force) in the Strand to St Paul’s, with the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force lining the route.

Outside the Cathedral a Guard of Honour and Band of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards will be formed up. While the Ceremonial Procession takes place, the Honourable Artillery Company will fire Processional Minute Guns from Tower Wharf, HM Tower of London.

Carrying the Coffin of Lady Thatcher into the Cathedral will be a Bearer Party made up of all three Services, including those from ships, units and stations notable for their service during the Falklands Campaign.

Positioned on the steps will be a Step Lining party made up of 18 tri-Service personnel and a contingent of In-Pensioners of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Senior military representatives will attend the service.