The funeral of Baroness Thatcher took place at St Paul’s Cathedral this morning, led by her family.
Lady Thatcher was the first and so far only female prime minster of the UK, and was the longest serving of the twentieth century.
Lady Thatcher was given a ceremonial funeral with full military honours and not a state funeral, at her request. As part of this a military party carried her coffin through the streets of London on a gun carriage towards the cathedral.
David Cameron, who read from the Bible during the service, called it a ‘fitting tribute’ to Lady Thatcher’s memory.
Joining Mr Cameron were all surviving British prime ministers as well as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.
Tom Williams, Vice President Media and Communications at De Montfort Student’s Union, said: “[Lady Thatcher] was a figurehead of British politics and above all, someone’s mother. She should be remembered for the right reasons.”
There was much talk before the event about possible demonstrations from some of Thatcher’s staunchest critics, but despite some small scale protests along the route of the funeral procession, this was not the case.
After the main service the coffin and Lady Thatcher’s family, headed by her children Sir Mark and Carol Thatcher and grandchildren Michael and Amanda, headed to a private chapel.