The Death of Margaret Thatcher

On the 8th April 2013 around about lunchtime I heard the breaking news on my TV that former British Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had died after suffering a stroke. Margaret thatcher had played a big part in the making of the UK and therefore in my life, especially with my father being in the forces.

I wanted to capture something of this occasion. I grabbed my bag and headed straight to her personal address, where I guessed people would naturally head to with flowers and the like. On my way I telephoned colleagues to work out where the next part of the story would play out so we could position ourselves around the city. Below are some of the pictures I captured on the day and during the week up to her Ceremonial funeral. On the day of the funeral I was positioned outside Downing Street to capture the hearse as it travelled up Whitehall.

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 14.23.08A man delivers flowers on the day of the the death through the waiting media at the former Prime Minister’s home in West London

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 14.24.12A note on flowers says simply “The Iron Lady”

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 14.24.32People left books amongst the flowers

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 14.25.53David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, makes a statement on Downing Street following her death

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 14.26.48The Prime Minister looked sad during his statement

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 14.27.08Sir Mark Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher’s son, makes a statement outside his mothers house after returning from abroad the day after her death

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 16.19.24A police officer carries flowers up Downing Street, Margaret Thatcher’s home for 11 years when she was Prime Minister

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 14.27.45Sir Mark Thatcher walks back to his mother’s house after talking to the media

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 14.28.07The military carry out a 4.45am rehearsal for the funeral in the deserted streets of the capital two days before the ceremony

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 14.28.26A photographer takes a picture of the hearse that will be used to carry the coffin

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 14.29.23Horses and the gun carriage used for ceremonial events rehearses carrying a coffin along the funeral route.

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 16.19.09The pall bearers rehearse the difficult job of negotiating St Paul’s steep steps whilst carrying a coffin.

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 16.24.28Sir Mark Thatcher, his wife, and his children leave his mothers former house the day before the funeral takes place

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 14.30.10A man shows of his new tattoo on his leg on the day of the funeral

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 15.06.32The motorcade passes by Westminster Abbey on the morning of the funeral

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 14.30.46The hearse carrying the body of Margaret Thatcher passes the Cenotaph on Whitehall

Screen Shot 2013-04-18 at 14.30.28The hearse carrying the body passes the gates of Downing Street one last time.

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