Navy to play key role in Margaret Thatcher funeral

HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after spending three months in the Mediterranean Picture:  L/Phot Louise George

HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after three months away at sea

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The Navy will play a key role in the funeral of Margaret Thatcher, it was confirmed today.

Sailors will join soldiers and airmen in a contingent of more than 700 armed forces personnel drawn from all three services, Downing Street said.

Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

Lady Thatcher’s coffin will be carried into into St Paul’s Cathedral by bearers from units particularly associated with the Falklands War.

Prime Minister David Cameron’s official spokesman confirmed that details of the cost to the public purse would be published after next Wednesday’s service has taken place.