Lord Bell, the spokesman for The Iron Lady, as Thatcher became known, has revealed that the UK’s first female prime minister had voiced her opposition to a fly past at her funeral and to her lying in a state, views that were “somewhat in character” as Bell described.

Baroness Thatcher will have a ceremonial funeral next week, with full military honours at St Paul’s cathedral in central London.

Lady Thatcher’s coffin will arrive at the Palace of Westminster the day before the funeral before being moved to St Clement Danes (the central church of the Royal Air Force) on the Strand the following day from where it will be transported to St Paul’s.

Her death has sparked many different reactions around the UK, with many mourning the loss of a commanding politician. In Glasgow and in Brixton, south London, impromptu street parties have been held ‘celebrating’ her passing.

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