• The Queen arrives at Baroness Thatcher's funeral

    The Queen arrived at St Paul's Cathedral to cheers, applause and bands singing 'God save the Queen', for the funeral of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the UK's first and only female prime minister. Her Majesty, who was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, was dressed for the sombre occasion in a black suit and matching black hat, and pearl necklace and earrings. CLICK ON PHOTO FOR FULL GALLERY Baroness Thatcher's funeral service took place following the journey of her coffin – draped in a union flag – from Westminster to St Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday morning. The procession was watched by several thousand mourners, some of whom had camped out on

  • Margaret Thatcher praised for her 'leadership and courage' at emotional funeral

    David Cameron and The Queen led mourners at Margaret Thatcher's ceremonial funeral on Wednesday. They joined the former Prime Minister's twins Carol and Mark at an emotional service held in St Paul's Cathedral, during which the iconic politician was hailed for her "leadership, courage and steadfastness." The Very Reverend David Ison, Dean of St Paul's, began proceedings. "We remember the values by which she lived, the ideals she embraced, her dignity, her diligence, her courtesy, and her personal concern for the well-being of individuals.     "And as we remember, so we rejoice in the lifelong companionship she enjoyed with Denis, and

  • Memories of Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher as her granddaughter Amanda gives moving reading at funeral

    Amanda Thatcher's composure and dignity at the funeral of her beloved grandmother Margaret Thatcher bore more than a passing resemblance to the Iron Lady herself. The only daughter of the late Prime Minister's son Sir Mark and his American former wife Diane read from St Paul's Letter to the Ephesians VI. 10-18. Dressed elegantly in black, her voice crystal clear but faltering occasionally, Amanda, 19, spoke before a congregation of 2,300 dignitaries including the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, and statesmen from around the world.   The passage which is traditionally read at funeral services for all holders of the Order of the Garter included the

  • Pictures from Margaret Thatcher's final farewell

    It was a state funeral in all ways but in name, because it wasn't what Baroness Margaret Thatcher wished. Britain's longest-serving prime minister of the 20th century was laid to rest on Wednesday morning in a grand ceremonial service held at St Paul's Cathedral, following a procession by horse-drawn carriage through London's streets that were filled by thousands of mourners. The emotional service was attended by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, current Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha, and a host of other former leaders along with Lady Thatcher's twins Mark and Carol. Dignitaries from 170

  • Prince William's friend caught up in Boston explosions as Prince Harry confirms Marathon attendance

    Prince William's friend and his fiancée have described how they were caught up in the tragic Boston bombings, as Prince Harry vowed to honour his long-standing commitment at the London Marathon on Sunday in defiance of the blast. Peregrine Hood — a friend of both Prince William and Tom Parker Bowles, the Duchess of Cornwall's son — took part in Monday's marathon in Boston where he was cheered on by Serena Nikkah, fashion executive at UK Vogue.   He has spoken about the "terrible uncertainty" he endured for around half an hour before confirming that his fiancée was safe. "She literally