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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.

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Big Ben bells last silenced for Churchill's funeral

Commons speaker John Bercow has announced that the bells of Big Ben and the Great Clock at Westminster are to be silenced during the funeral of Baroness Thatcher on Wednesday.

The bells of Big Ben are to be silenced during the funeral of Baroness Thatcher. Credit: Press Association

The House of Commons authorities has said the last time the bells were silenced were for Winston Churchill's funeral in 1965, except in the 1970s when they broke down.

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