The nation prepares for Margaret Thatcher's funeral

The coffin of Baroness Thatcher rests in the Crypt Chapel of St Mary Undercroft beneath the Houses of Parliament in central London. Credit: Leon Neal/PA Wire

The nation will pay its final respects to Baroness Thatcher as thousands of people are expected to line the streets of central London to see the the former prime minister carried with full military honours to St Paul's Cathedral.

The Queen heads a glittering list of dignitaries from around the world, former colleagues and showbusiness stars due to attend the funeral.

Lady Thatcher's body will leave parliament for the last time this morning after spending the night resting in the crypt chapel of St Mary Undercroft.

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Mourners bid Thatcher farewell

Final respects have been paid to Baroness Thatcher as the former prime minister was carried with full military honours to St Paul's Cathedral for her funeral.