Thatcher funeral: Timeline


07:30 Road closures are implemented along the route from Whitehall to St Paul’s Cathedral

09:00 Doors open at St Paul’s Cathedral

09:30 The route is closed to all vehicles

09:35 The gun carriage leaves Wellington Barracks

09:45 Street-liners along the route will be made up of personnel from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, the Army (taken from Household Division) and the Royal Air Force. They are in position by 10:05.

10:00 Guests will be seated at St Paul’s Cathedral

10:00 Coffin leaves, by hearse, the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft. The coffin is dressed with a Union Flag. Three Metropolitan Police Service motorcycles will travel in front of the hearse. An (unmarked) police car will travel behind the hearse.

10:15 The coffin will have been placed in St Clement Danes Church by civilian pall bearers.

10:15 The Lord Speaker, Mr Speaker and the Prime Minister are shown to their seats

10:15 The Guard of Honour deploys to St Paul’s Church Yard.

10:20 The gun carriage will take up position at St Clement Danes.

10:20 The procession band and escort party will take up position at St Clement Danes.

10:25 The tri-Service Bearer Party will carry the coffin from St Clement Danes Church and place it upon a gun carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

10:25 The step lining party takes up position on the West Steps.

10:33 The gun carriage and bearer party and escort party, led by a band of the Royal Marines, step off.

10:35 The Lord Mayor of the City of London arrives at St Paul’s Cathedral

10:40 Members of Lady Thatcher’s family arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral.

10:45 Choir procession within St Paul’s Cathedral.

10:45 The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral.

10:55 The gun carriage arrives at St Paul’s Cathedral

11:00 The coffin enters St Paul’s Cathedral and the service begins

11:55 The service ends and the guests depart

12:10 Guests begin to arrive at Guildhall under the direction of Military Marshals

13:15 The Prime Minister, senior ministers, The Lord Mayor, members of Lady Thatcher’s immediate family arrive at Guildhall from the reception at Mansion House

14:30 The national anthem is played in each room by military musicians and the reception at Guildhall ends

14:30 The events are private and the Government’s involvement ceases