Thatcher's coffin in Parliament

The body of Baroness Thatcher is in a chapel inside the Houses of Parliament, where a service was held for MPs, peers and parliamentary staff. Her funeral takes place today.

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Belfast City Hall flag to fly at half-mast for funeral

The Union flag on Belfast City Hall will be flown at half-mast for the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, a DUP councillor confirmed.

Hoisting the emblem is restricted to designated days following a vote at Belfast City Council last year which sparked weeks of violent protest.

The Union flag flying over Belfast City Hall in January. Credit: Paul Faith/PA Wire

William Humphrey said: "Whilst views of her premiership will continue to be debated there is no doubt that the vast majority of our citizens would wish that due recognition and respect should be paid to mark her passing.

"I welcome that City Hall will take its place among other Government buildings in flying the flag at half mast for the funeral of this prominent former prime minister.

"I regret that I must express disgust that some people have chosen to take part in obscene public scenes of celebration at the passing of Lady Thatcher."

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