Divisive Margaret Thatcher will get full military honours at her funeral next week, it emerged today.
More than 700 troops from the Army, Navy and Air Force will take part in the lavish Falklands-themed event.
The ex-PM’s coffin will be carried into London’s St Paul’s Cathedral by 10 bearers made up of units associated with the war.
Before that, a cannon will fire every minute from Tower Bridge as the coffin is drawn through the streets in a King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery carriage.
The funeral procession will be greeted by a guard of honour formed from the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards?– the regiment which suffered the heaviest casualties.
Falklands veteran Simon Weston, who suffered severe burns while serving in the ?regiment in 1982, said he would attend on Wednesday.
"But when in comes to war you want a leader who is argumentative and aggressive and when it came to the Falklands she was that.”
Falkland islanders will pay their respects with a day of mourning.
It also emerged today that The Queen will break with ?convention to join the mourners.
Her attendance makes it virtually a state funeral similar to those given to Princess Diana and the Queen Mother.
Ex-PMs Tony Blair and Gordon Brown confirmed they would be attending.
FW de Klerk, the last president of apartheid South Africa, will also be there as a guest of the family, his spokesman said today.
Nancy Reagan's spokeswoman said she was "heartbroken" over Lady Thatcher' death but could not attend due to her age.
However, Neil Kinnock, the Labour leader defeated by Thatcher at the 1987 election, said he would not be attending.
The first Prime ?Minister’s Questions after the Easter break will also be cancelled because of the funeral.
It could lead Labour MPs to accuse David Cameron of trying to dodge a grilling as it will have been five weeks since George Osborne’s budget.