The funeral service began at 11am on Wednesday 17th April – was marked by a single half-muffled bell toll as the cortege arrived. The St Paul’s Cathedral Guild of Ringers rang ‘Stedman Cinques’ with the Cathedral’s bells half-muffled, for about 30 minutes.
The former Prime Minister, who held office from 1979 to 1990, described her domestic life at Downing Street as "living over the shop", recalling her early years living above her father's grocers shop in Grantham, Lincolnshire.
Members of Downing Street staff have shared their memories of Lady Thatcher. Michael York remembers:
"Mrs Thatcher was very generous to the staff and made sure we were looked after. Sometimes if it had been a very long day she asked us to eat with her. We called her the 'mother hen'."