I'm not going to discuss the rights and wrongs re giving the late Lady Thatcher a ceremonial funeral. However, I have one query. Why was a union flag placed on her coffin? I thought you had to have served in a branch of HM Forces (either regular, part-time or national service) to be granted the honour. A politician, though they may have de facto control, is not the official CinC, which is the Monarch. Unless they have served are they entitled? Does anybody know the correct form? By the way, good effort from all HM Forces there, especially the bearer party. Having acted in a bearer party, I would not have liked their job yesterday.