London will pause to honour ex-Prime Minister

Margaret Thatcher's funeral: The procession route

BARONESS Thatcher’s funeral will bring parts of central London to a standstill next Wednesday as her coffin is carried from Westminster to the heart of the City of London.

Thousands of policemen and soldiers will line the route as part of a carefully-planned operation co-ordinated by the Met Police and the Ministry of Defence.

A substantial security operation will be in place to allow well-wishers to watch proceedings and reduce the chance of protestors interrupting the parade.

All the roads along the route – which takes in Whitehall and Trafalgar Square – will be cleared of traffic for the day.

The coffin will travel by hearse from Westminster to the church of St Clement Danes on the Strand before being transferred to a gun carriage pulled by the King's Troop Royal Artillery along Fleet Street and up Ludgate Hill.

Members of all three armed forces will carry the coffin into the cathedral, while Chelsea pensioners will also be present.

After the service her remains will be cremated, in line with Thatcher’s desire.