Former British PM Margaret Thatcher’s funeral at St Paul's Cathedral in London would be attended by more than 2,000 people. Thatcher, Britain's first woman and the longest serving PM of the 20th century, died aged 87 after suffering a stroke. She had been suffering from dementia for more than a decade.
Family, friends, colleagues and aides of Thatcher during her tenure have been invited to the ceremony, where she will be buried with full military honours. It will be the first funeral of a British politician attended by the Queen since Winston Churchill’s in 1965.
Over 700 armed forces personnel will line the funeral route from Westminster to St Paul's. A gun salute will be given from the Tower of London and the coffin will be carried into St Paul's by regiment personnel and ships associated with the Falklands campaign. Security cover for the event is likely to be tight with fears of disruption by Irish dissidents and far-left groups. Concerns over potential violence surfaced after trouble at several street parties celebrating her death in London, Liverpool, Bristol and Glasgow.