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.
A man delivers flowers on the day of the the death through the waiting media at the former Prime Minister’s home in West London
A note on flowers says simply “The Iron Lady”
People left books amongst the flowers
David Cameron, the UK Prime Minister, makes a statement on Downing Street following her death
The Prime Minister looked sad during his statement
Sir Mark Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher’s son, makes a statement outside his mothers house after returning from abroad the day after her death
A police officer carries flowers up Downing Street, Margaret Thatcher’s home for 11 years when she was Prime Minister
Sir Mark Thatcher walks back to his mother’s house after talking to the media
The military carry out a 4.45am rehearsal for the funeral in the deserted streets of the capital two days before the ceremony
A photographer takes a picture of the hearse that will be used to carry the coffin
Horses and the gun carriage used for ceremonial events rehearses carrying a coffin along the funeral route.
The pall bearers rehearse the difficult job of negotiating St Paul’s steep steps whilst carrying a coffin.
Sir Mark Thatcher, his wife, and his children leave his mothers former house the day before the funeral takes place
A man shows of his new tattoo on his leg on the day of the funeral
The motorcade passes by Westminster Abbey on the morning of the funeral
The hearse carrying the body of Margaret Thatcher passes the Cenotaph on Whitehall
The hearse carrying the body passes the gates of Downing Street one last time.