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.

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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.