The Queen's former press secretary Dickie Arbiter told Daybreak that the Queen "can't win either way" whether she decided to go to Margaret Thatcher's funeral or not.
He said: She's criticised because she's going, in some quarters and she would have been highly criticised if she hadn't have gone.
"She's going because she wants to go because she wants to pay respects to somebody who was a Prime Minister for 11 years, some pretty turbulent years, we remember the Falklands war, we remember the industrial unrest, but we came out of it all.
"She's going there along with 2,000 other people to pay her respects."
The Queen led mourners at the ceremonial funeral of Baroness Thatcher in St Paul's Cathedral today as thousands lined the streets of London.
Falklands residents say they owe their freedom and their riches to Margaret Thatcher. Today they paused to reflect and to remember.
Baroness Thatcher was honoured with a ceremonial funeral at St Paul's Cathedral in the presence of the Queen and dignitaries.