Prime Minister of the United Kingdom : Margaret Thatcher Death

Margaret Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, died of a stroke on April 8th, 2013, at the Ritz Hotel in London, at the age of 87. On April 17th, she was given a solemn funeral in her honour. Across the UK, the reaction to her death was a mixture of acclaim, condemnation, and celebration of both her life and death because of the polarised opinion about her achievements and legacy.

It cost about £3.6 million to hold the funeral, which included a formal procession through Central London and a church service at St Paul’s Cathedral, which was attended by Queen Elizabeth II. Mortlake Crematorium afterwards incinerated Thatcher’s body.

She and her husband Denis were laid to rest in a private ceremony at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, on September 28, 2013.

Health problems and demise

Several mild strokes Thatcher sustained in 2002 prompted her physicians to urge her to stop speaking in public.
[1] On the 23rd of March, she declared that she would no longer take any speaking engagements.
The Queen and more than 600 guests attended her 80th birthday party in 2005, despite her sickness, and she taped a eulogy for the funeral of Ronald Reagan in June 2004.

[3] Despite this, her health continued to deteriorate. In 2008, she was briefly hospitalised after feeling unwell at supper, and in 2009, she fell and fractured her arm again. Carol, her daughter, spoke to the media about her mother’s battle with dementia in June 2009.

Flowers pay homage to Thatcher’s nascent home.

Thatcher passed away from a stroke at the Ritz Hotel in Piccadilly, London, on April 8, 2013, at 11:28 BST

The steps at her Chester Square home were too challenging for her, so she moved into a suite there in December of that year.
Ritz owners David and Frederick Barclay, longtime supporters, had invited her to stay there.
Thatcher’s spokesperson Lord Bell confirmed her death to the Press Association at 12:47 BST, which published the initial wire report to newsrooms ( UTC). Floral tributes were placed outside her residence as well as at Downing Street, Buckingham Palace, Parliament, and other palaces

Margaret Thatcher Death

Funeral \sPlanning

In 2009, funeral planning began. Sir Malcolm Ross, a former Master of the Royal Household, was the founding chair of the committee. Francis Maude, a Cabinet Office minister, became the new chairman of the committee following the 2010 general election, which brought the coalition government into power; the codename assigned to the proposals was changed to True Blue from Iron Bridge to give it “a more Conservative vibe”.

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Preliminary plans for Baroness Thatcher’s funeral were worked out with her.

Among them was Charles Wesley’s “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling,” which she had selected because of her background as a Methodist.

[16] She also insisted that the current prime minister read a passage from the Bible as part of the ceremony.

In the past, Thatcher had previously opposed a state funeral due to the cost, legislative deliberation,and the comparison to Winston Churchill’s statue (with which she disagreed).

 She was buried in St Paul’s Cathedral in London full military honours and a guard of honour by her and her family’s agreement. For Diana, Princess of Wales, arrangements were similar to those for Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 2002, but with additional military honours as she had served as a former head of state. Thatcher requested her body be burned following the funeral.

The fact that Theresa Thatcher would not be accorded a full state funeral disappointed several of her admirers.

[18] Although Peter Oborne in The Daily Telegraph argued in favour of a state funeral, he disagreed with the ceremonial funeral’s standing as a de facto state funeral. As a result of her absence from the burial of Labour Prime Minister Clement Attlee, Oborne argued that the Queen’s participation could be interpreted as “partisan.”

Bishop Tim Ellis, Lord Prescott, and George Galloway were among the public figures who criticised the funeral’s scale and cost to the taxpayer, which had been incorrectly projected before the ceremony at up to £10 million overall.

Even though the exact amount isn’t known, it’s assumed to cover transportation, flowers, and cremation costs for Thatcher’s funeral. The remaining costs, including security, would be covered by the government. Afterwards, 10 Downing Street announced that the burial had cost the taxpayer £3.6 million, of which £3.1 million (or 86% of the total) was spent on police and security expenses.

The greatest security effort since the 2012 Summer Olympics was put in place in anticipation of probable protests and demonstrations along the route.

It was announced that more than 4,000 police officers will be deployed in response to the Boston Marathon explosions. [30] Attendees were largely calm, with supporters drowning out the few scattered protestors with clapping and jeers. [31] [32] Several hundred people showed up at Ludgate Circus to protest, some shouting and others turning their backs, with more demonstrators picketing along the route.

Pre-service security checks were photographed in the early hours of April 17th, 2013.

Photograph of a gun carriage carrying Thatcher’s coffin draped with the Union Flag
At the Royal Hospital Chelsea (51.4874°N 0.1582°W), there is a tombstone
At 08:00,[31] the flags along Whitehall were lowered to half-mast, and from 09:45, the chimes of the Palace of Westminster’s Great Clock, including Big Ben, were silent for the length of the funeral.

[34] During the procession, a 105 mm gun was fired every 60 seconds. The time now is [31]: 10.43 a.m. Westminster Abbey’s St Margaret’s Church[31] rang out at 10.02 a.m. with muffled bells, as did St Paul’s Cathedral.

At the Palace of Westminster, where Thatcher’s coffin had rested overnight in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft beneath St Stephen’s Hall, the funeral procession made its way to the Houses of Parliament for the first time.

The following is a description of the funeral procession:

To get to the Strand and Aldwych, a motor hearse drove down Whitehall from the Palace of Westminster.
Following a procession down Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill, the cortège arrived at St Paul’s Cathedral, where it was placed in a gun carriage hauled by members of The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery.

It was brought inside St Paul’s Cathedral by members of the Armed Forces and carried down the nave by Thatcher’s grandchildren, Michael and Amanda, who carried cushions with Thatcher’s insignias of the Order of the Garter and the Order of Merit.
Dr David Ison, Dean of St. Paul’s, made the opening bid. The first Bible reading was given by Amanda Thatcher, while the second reading was presented by David Cameron, the Prime Minister.  Richard Chartres, the Bishop of London, also spoke.

Approximately 2,300 people were anticipated to attend the funeral at St. Paul’s Cathedral. The Thatchers and their representatives, along with the government and the Conservative Party, made the final call on which guests would be invited. Former colleagues, including members of the British Cabinet who worked closely with her, were on the guest list, as well as family members and close friends. All five living American presidents and all four British prime ministers were also invited to the event, as were officials from approximately 200 countries. Eleven serving prime ministers, 17 serving foreign ministers, and two current heads of state attended.

The Queen, Elizabeth II, presided over the service.

She had only attended a funeral for one of her prime ministers once before, in 1965, when Winston Churchill passed away at Buckingham Palace .

Margaret Thatcher Death

When she appeared at the funeral, some thought she had elevated it to a state-level event “in all but name.” The Lord Mayor of London, Roger Gifford, carried the Mourning Sword as he led the Queen and her husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, into and out of St Paul’s Cathedral. The sword was last used at the funeral of Winston Churchill. [43]

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A motor hearse transported the coffin from St. Paul’s to Mortlake Crematorium, where Denis Thatcher had been cremated nearly a decade earlier after the church service had concluded. Only members of the deceased’s immediate family were present at the cremation service.

Thatcher’s funeral was held on September 28, 2013, in the All Saints Chapel of the Margaret Thatcher Infirmary at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. After Thatcher’s death, her ashes were laid to rest alongside those of her husband on the hospital grounds.