Thatcher Funeral Procession Starts

World | April 17, 2013, Wednesday // 12:53|  views

Three Metropolitan Police Service motor cyclists escort the hearse containing the coffin of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher past the gates of Downing Street, Whitehall London 17 April 2013 during her ceremonial funeral. Photo by EPA/BGNES

A gun carriage bearing former British PM Margaret Thatcher's coffin is making its way to St Paul's Cathedral in a ceremonial procession to her funeral.

The BBC informs that the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards formed an honour guard, as church bells tolled.

Crowds watched in respectful silence as the procession began, accompanied by the Royal Marines band.

The funeral of Baroness Thatcher, Conservative Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, will be held at 11:00 BST (10:00 GMT) at St Paul's Cathedral in central London.

Some 2,300 people, representing 170 countries, are expected to attend the funeral. Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev is among them.

The British Queen will also attend the funeral.

Thatcher died on Monday, 8 April, at the age of 87, after suffering a stroke.

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