Margaret Thatcher funeral dress rehearsal takes place
Sam Jones and Caroline DaviesThe rehearsal for the military procession that will form the heart of Lady Thatcher's ceremonial funeral began early on Monday morning in the dark and quiet streets of central London.
At the RAF chapel of St Clement Danes on the Strand – from where the coffin holding the former prime minister's body will begin its journey to St Paul's cathedral in two days' time – the intermittent hum of pre-dawn traffic was punctuated by bellowed orders and martial drumbeats as the service personnel arrived to begin their practice.
At 4.50am, an RAF guard emerged onto the thoroughfare, split into two ranks, and marched past the statues of Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding and Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris and down towards the cathedral. They joined a procession of 700 personnel from the Royal Navy and Marines, whose arrival at St Paul's was heralded by the sound of a muffled drum from the bottom of Ludgate Hill.
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"Margaret Thatcher funeral dress rehearsal takes place", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2013. Consulté le 27/09/2023. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/margaret-thatcher-funeral-dress-rehearsal-takes-place