Thatcher Funeral Minute by Minute Running Order

The running order for tomorrow, to the minute, has been released:

From 0730 road closures are implemented along the route from Whitehall to St Paul’s Cathedral

At 0900 doors open at St Paul’s Cathedral

By 0930 the Ceremonial Route is closed to all vehicles

At 0935 the Gun Carriage leaves Wellington Barracks

At 0945 Street Liners will line the route, made up of personnel from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, the Army (taken from Household Division) and the Royal Air Force. They are in position by 1005.

By 1000 guests will be seated at St Paul’s Cathedral

At 1000 Coffin leaves, by hearse, the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft. The coffin is dressed with a Union Flag. Three Metropolitan Police Service motorcycles will travel in front of the hearse. An (unmarked) police car will travel behind the hearse.

By 1015 the Coffin will have been placed in St Clement Danes Church by civilian pall bearers.

At 1015 the Lord Speaker, Mr Speaker and the Prime Minister are shown to their seats

At 1015 the Guard of Honour deploys to St Paul’s Church Yard.

At 1020 the Gun Carriage will take up position at St Clement Danes.

At 1020 the Procession Band and Escort Party will take up position at St Clement Danes.

At 1025 the tri-Service Bearer Party will carry the Coffin from St Clement Danes Church and place it upon a Gun Carriage of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.

At 1025 the Step Lining Party takes up position on the West Steps.

At 1033 the Gun Carriage and Bearer Party and Escort Party, led by a Band of the Royal Marines, step off.

The Gun Carriage is drawn by six horses (three of which are mounted), with a Sergeant riding alongside, an Officer riding in front and three dismounted troops on foot. It travels at 70 paces a minute.

Processional Minute Guns are fired from Her Majesty’s Tower of London by the Honourable Artillery Company for the duration of the procession. The first round will be fired when the wheels of the gun carriage start turning.

A Royal Marines Band will process. They will play Beethoven Funeral Marches No1, No2 and No 3, Mendelssohn Funeral March, Chopin Funeral March and Flowers of the Forest (arr Fisher).

The Metropolitan Police Service will provide a mounted escort of nine black horses. Five horses will ride in front of the gun carriage, four in a line and one out in front. Four horses will ride behind the gun carriage.

The route of the Procession is St Clement Danes Church, the Strand, Temple Bar, Fleet Street, Ludgate Circus, Ludgate Hill, St Paul’s Cathedral. Street Liners will line the route made up of personnel from the Royal Navy and Royal Marines, the Army (taken from Household Division) and the Royal Air Force. They will be supported by three respective Service Bands.

The procession will arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral and will be met by a Guard of Honour from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards. The Bearer Party will carry the Coffin into the cathedral, and out again after the service. A Step Lining Party, comprising 18 Service personnel (six Royal Navy/Royal Marines, six members of the Blues and Royals, Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, and six Royal Air Force) plus a contingent from the Royal Hospital Chelsea, will line the West Steps of St Paul’s Cathedral for the arrival of the Coffin.

At 1035 the Lord Mayor of the City of London arrives at St Paul’s Cathedral

At 1040 members of Lady Thatcher’s family arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral.

At 1045 Choir procession within St Paul’s Cathedral.

At 1045 hours The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral.

At 1055 the Gun Carriage arrives at St Paul’s Cathedral

At 1100 the coffin enters St Paul’s Cathedral and the Funeral Service begins

At 1155 the Funeral Service ends and the guests depart.

At the end of the Funeral Service, the Bearer Party will carry the Coffin to a hearse positioned at the foot of the West Steps to St Paul’s Cathedral. Thereafter, the Bearer Party and Step Lining Party disperse

At the end of the Funeral Service, the Cathedral bells ring half-muffled as the hearse leaves from the bottom of the West Steps of the Cathedral for The Royal Hospital Chelsea. The Chaplain of the Royal Hospital (the Reverend Dick Whittington) will accompany the Coffin.

At the end of the Funeral Service, The Lord Mayor bids farewell to The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh, who depart St Paul’s Cathedral.




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