Navy to play key role in Margaret Thatcher funeral

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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.