Portsmouth’s Royal Marines band to lead Thatcher funeral procession

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THE Portsmouth-based Royal Marines Band will lead the procession at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral.

It will pay a vital role at the ceremony on Wednesday that will be seen around the world.

The procession for Baroness Thatcher goes from The Strand to St Paul’s Cathedral, where the funeral service will take place.

Another 700 members of the armed forces will take part in the procession and lining the route.

The coffin will be drawn on a gun carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from St Clement Danes Church in The Strand to the cathedral.

The Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force will all play a part, although exact details have yet to be revealed.

Outside the cathedral a Guard of Honour and Band of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards will form.

While the procession takes place, the Honourable Artillery Company will fire guns from Tower Wharf, HM Tower of London. Carrying the coffin will be a party made up of all three services, including those from ships, units and stations notable for their service during the Falklands campaign.