Margaret Thatcher's funeral

Falklands veterans from the Welsh Guards have helped lead the funeral procession for Baroness Thatcher at St Paul's Cathedral. Welsh politicians and public figures were also at the service, as people lined the streets outside.

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Thatcher's grandchildren walk ahead of the coffin

Pall-bearers carry the coffin into St Paul's Cathedral. Credit: ITV News

The eight pall-bearers who carried the casket into the Cathedral were drawn from Army units, Royal Navy ships and RAF stations with links to the Falklands war, commanded by Major Nick Mott of the Welsh Guards who served in the 1982 conflict.

Lady Thatcher's grandchildren Michael and Amanda walked ahead of the coffin. Credit: ITV News

Lady Thatcher's grandchildren Michael and Amanda walked ahead of the coffin as it entered the cathedral, carrying cushions bearing the insignia of the Order of the Garter and Order of Merit, which were laid on the altar.

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Welsh guests arriving at St Paul's ahead of funeral

Margaret Thatcher's coffin has been taken from parliament to church of St Clement Danes. Credit: ITV News

Thousands of people are lining the streets of London, ahead of the funeral of former prime minister Baroness Thatcher.

Political leaders and other public figures from Wales have been arriving before the service, which begins at St Paul's Cathedral at 11am.

Singer Katherine Jenkins has arrived at St Paul's Cathedral. Credit: ITV News

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Costs of funeral are a 'fraction' of what people think

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, the man responsible for organising Thatcher's funeral, said the costs are a "fraction" of the figures being "banded around".

Speaking to Daybreak he said: "The state will always pay for the costs of the funeral and memorial of a former Prime Minister and Margaret Thatcher was very adamant she did not want to have a separate memorial service.

"So this is the one occasion when people will get their chance to pay their respects, give her a send off and commemorate what was, by any exception, a really remarkable life."

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'People will remember the lack of dignity shown'

More than 2,300 guests will attend Margaret Thatcher's funeral today, including 50 Falklands Veterans.

Speaking to Daybreak, Falklands veteran Simon Weston said: "Whatever else goes on and whatever people want to say about today somebody's died."

He added, "we're talking about somebody who is dead, it's not going to affect her a single jot, all people will remember is the lack of dignity that we have shown."

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Welsh Guards will provide guard of honour at Thatcher funeral

1st Battalion the Welsh Guards preparing to parade in Cardiff Credit: David Jones/PA Archive

More than 700 Armed Forces personnel will be involved in today's funeral.

All three Armed Services are to play a role in Baroness Thatcher's funeral in London today, with particular reference made to the Falklands conflict.

Members of the Welsh Guards will form a guard of honour.

The Welsh Guards suffered some of the heaviest losses during the conflict.

On June 8, 1982, 32 Welsh Guards were among 48 British troops who died when the Sir Galahad was bombed by Argentine jets.

First Minister and Conservative Assembly Leader to attend Thatcher funeral

First Minister Carwyn Jones Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive

First Minister Carwyn Jones and the Welsh Conservatives' Assembly Leader Andrew RT Davies are set to attend the funeral of former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher.

Secretary of State for Wales David Jones will also attend, as will Assembly Presiding Officer Rosemary Butler.

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