A Book of Condolence for Lady Thatcher will be open at the British Embassy (1051 Budapest, Harmincad u. 6.) for the general public on Friday, 12 April, from 10.00 until 15.00 hours. For further details please go to the embassy website: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/hungary
PM: “We’ve lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton.”
Prime Minister David Cameron has made a statement at Downing Street following the death of Lady Thatcher:
“Margaret Thatcher didn’t just lead our country; she saved our country. And we should never forget that the odds were stacked against her. She was the shopkeeper’s daughter from Grantham who made it all the way to the highest office in the land.”
He paid tribute to her patriotism:
“For many of us, she was an inspiration. For others, she was a force to be defined against. But if there is one thing that cuts through all of this, one thing that runs through everything that she did, it was her lionhearted love of this country. She was the patriot Prime Minister, and she fought for Britain’s interests every step of the way.”
Earlier, the Prime Minister gave his initial reaction to the news of death of the UK’s first female Prime Minister:
“It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher’s death. We’ve lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton”.
It followed the announcement that Baroness Thatcher died in London at the age of 87. Serving from 1979 to 1990, she was the UK’s first female Prime Minister and the longest serving of the 20th century.
Lady Thatcher will receive a Ceremonial funeral with military honours. The service will be held on Wednesday 17 April at St Paul’s Cathedral.
In line with the wishes of her family and with the Queen’s consent, Lady Thatcher will receive a Ceremonial funeral with military honours. The service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Wednesday 17 April.
A wide and diverse range of people and groups with connections to Lady Thatcher will be invited. The service will be followed by a private cremation.
The funeral will be a mix of the public and private. The service at St Paul’s Cathedral will be televised and members of the public can watch the coffin procession from the Palace of Westminster to St Paul’s.
Lady Thatcher’s wish was for the armed forces to be able to participate in the funeral – they will therefore have a key part to play.
On the day before the funeral, the coffin will be moved to Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster. There will be a short service following its arrival. The coffin will rest in the Chapel overnight.
On the day itself, the streets will be cleared of traffic and the coffin will travel by hearse from the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster to the Church of St Clement Danes, the RAF Chapel, on the Strand.
At the Church the coffin will be transferred to a gun carriage drawn by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery. The coffin will then be borne in Procession from St Clement Danes to St Paul’s Cathedral. The route will be lined by tri-service military personnel.
The coffin will be met at St Paul’s Cathedral by a guard of honour. Tri-service personnel and Pensioners of the Royal Hospital Chelsea will line the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral.
The coffin will be borne into and out of the Cathedral by a tri-service bearer party.
The guest list for St Paul’s will include family and friends of Lady Thatcher, those who worked with her over the years, including members of her Cabinets when she was Prime Minister, and representatives from a range of groups she was associated with. The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister will attend and the Cabinet and Shadow Cabinet will be invited.
Flags were flown at half mast at Downing Street Monday and Tuesday, and will be again on the day of the funeral.
Information for the public
Lady Thatcher’s family have asked that, if people wish to pay their respects, they consider making a donation to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, rather than laying flowers. Details of how to do so available on the Royal Hospital Chelsea website.
The Number 10 website has a condolence page on which people are able to write private messages for the Thatcher family.
The public will be unable to attend the funeral service itself but can line the route of the funeral procession from the RAF Church in the Strand to St Paul’s Cathedral.