Family left to grieve in private

Family left to grieve in private

The coffin of Baroness Thatcher is carried aloft by members of the armed forces and into St Paul's Cathedral

A floral tribute sat on top of the coffin bearing the body of Margaret Thatcher for her funeral

Prime Minister David Cameron gives a reading during the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher

Mark Thatcher shakes hands with the Queen after the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher at St. Paul's Cathedral

The coffin was carried up the main aisle inside St Paul's Cathedral

Mark and Carol Thatcher, left, attend their mother's funeral

The Queen, right, and Duke of Edinburgh stand as the coffin arrives inside St Paul's cathedral

A hearse carrying the coffin of Baroness Thatcher passes the gates of Downing Street

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Margaret Thatcher's family will be left to grieve in private after the very public funeral that brought together high profile figures from across the globe in honour of Britain's first female prime minister.

Lady Thatcher's supporters bid her farewell in a day of pomp and ceremony not seen in London for a decade, with her coffin taken in procession to St Paul's Cathedral on a gun carriage drawn by six black horses.

The Queen led mourners at the ceremonial funeral while thousands lined the streets of London in honour of the former Conservative leader, who died last week aged 87. Among those paying their respects were two heads of state and 11 serving prime ministers.

Lady Thatcher's coffin was draped in a Union flag and topped by a floral tribute of white roses bearing the hand-written note "Beloved Mother - Always in our Hearts" from her children Sir Mark and Carol Thatcher.

Lady Thatcher's granddaughter Amanda gave a faultless reading from the King James Bible, despite the huge pressure placed on the 19-year-old. Amanda, daughter of Lady Thatcher's son Sir Mark, flew in from her home in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with brother Michael and mother Diane Beckett, Sir Mark's first wife.

On Wednesday night, the Thatcher family attended a private service at Mortlake cemetery. Her ashes are expected to be laid to rest alongside those of Sir Denis at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea.

At St Paul's, a congregation of more than 2,300 included all of her successors as prime minister - Sir John Major, Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and David Cameron - as well as dignitaries from 170 countries around the globe. Former US vice-president Dick Cheney and ex-secretary of state Henry Kissinger attended in a private capacity, as did the Polish union leader-turned-president Lech Walesa.

More than 4,000 police officers were on duty to ensure security amid heightened fears of a terror attack sparked by the bombing of the Boston Marathon in the US. But fears that the ceremony would be disrupted by demonstrations did not materialise, despite some booing and anti-Thatcher banners along the route, and there were no arrests during the event.

Mr Cameron's official spokesman said that the cost of the funeral to the public purse would be disclosed "in due course". Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, who led Government preparations for the event, has said that the bill will be "much, much less" than the widely-reported figure of £10 million, but no official estimate has yet been released.

The PM's spokesman told a daily Westminster press briefing: "We will publish the costs in due course. I think people will understand it can take a little time to draw together the final costings for high-profile and significant events such as yesterday's funeral. That is what is being done, and we will publish the costs."

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