Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87 after a stroke.

Britain's only woman PM to date will be given a ceremonial funeral - a rank lower than a state funeral - with full military honours.???????????

Princess Diana was given a ceremonial funeral in 1997, as was the Queen Mother in 2002.

Baroness Thatcher had discussed plans for the ceremony before her death and will not lie in state at her own request.

When is the funeral?

The ceremony will take place on Wednesday 17 April. Get the latest details on our dedicated page and join our Facebook event page to keep updated on the latest.

Where is the funeral?

The service will be held at London's St Paul's Cathedral. A funeral procession will travel from the Palace of Westminster to the cathedral just under two miles away, with members of the armed services lining the route.

The day before the funeral the coffin will be transferred to the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster. There will be a short service following its arrival before the coffin rests in the chapel overnight.

The service at St Paul's will be followed by a private cremation.

The St Paul's ceremony is not open to the public but will be televised. Members of the public are able to line the route.

What is the procession route?

Dozens of streets in Central London will be closed in the hours running up to the ceremony

The funeral will begin at Westminster at the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft – known as The Crypt.

Thatcher’s coffin will be taken by a hearse to the RAF Chapel, the church of St Clement Danes, in the Strand.

From there her coffin will be transferred to a gun carriage drawn by the King’s Troop Royal Artillery.

The impressive cortege will then proceed down the Strand, through Aldwych, then along the entire length of Fleet Street before rising up Ludgate Hill to the majestic St Paul’s Cathedral, which was chosen at her request.

Inside St.Pauls

What are the military honours?

Military personnel from the RAF, Navy and Army will line the route from Westminster to St Paul's. The coffin will travel part of the way by hearse before being transferred to a gun carriage at the Church of St Clement Danes, the RAF Chapel, on the Strand. The gun carriage will be drawn by the King's Troop Royal Artillery.

A guard of Chelsea Pensioners, dressed in their traditional red tunics, will line the steps of St Paul’s as her coffin is carried in by members of the armed forces.

How much is it going to cost?

The funeral is expected to cost up to ?8million with the taxpayer bearing the brunt of the costs.

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Who will be there?

Her children Carol and Mark will lead the mourners. The Queen is expected to attend.

Hundreds of foreign dignitaries will be invited alongside Prime Minister David Cameron, the three living former PMs Sir John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and top MPs.

Are there any more details?

Flags will be flown at half mast at Downing Street today and tomorrow, and will be again on the day of the funeral.

Lady Thatcher's family have asked that if people wish to pay their respects, they consider making a donation to the Royal Hospital Chelsea, rather than laying flowers.

Thatcher’s love of Elgar’s classical music – especially Pomp and Circumstance – is expected to be reflected in the service.

The Number 10 website will have a condolence page on which people will be able to write private messages for the Thatcher family.

The public will be unable to attend the funeral service itself but can line the route of the funeral procession from the RAF Church in the Strand to St Paul's Cathedral.

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