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Lady Thatcher funeral "£1.2 million bill"

The funeral for Lady Thatcher cost just over £1.2 million, it has been reported. There were suggestions that the total cost for the ceremonial service on 17 April could reach £10 million, including for the security operation.

But the bill was £1,205,809, according to a report by The Sun newspaper. That works out at 1.9p per person in terms of Britain’s population of 62 million.


The newspaper quoted officials as saying that the ceremonial funeral cost £261,976 – including the service at St Paul’s Cathedral in London and the parade featuring 800 military personnel – and £943,833 for the security operation.


The initial estimate for the funeral was put at £3.6 million by Downing Street. That estimate included £2 million in “opportunity costs” for policing by officers who would have been on other duties on the day of the service.


No 10 also said the family of Britain's first female prime minister would be making a contribution towards the overall cost, including the bill for the undertakers and the flowers, when it published details of the initial cost estimates.


Conservative MP Conor Burns said: “Lady T would have been delighted that, even in death, she has proved the Left wrong.”


Thatcher died on the eighth of April due to head stroke at the age of 87 years, and was the first woman to take over the presidency of the British government, and is considered the longest reign in British history since the time of Robert Cengnson which ended in 1827.

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