Thatcher to get 'ceremonial' funeral; Cameron cuts short Europe trip

LONDON (AFP) - Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher will receive a “ceremonial funeral” with military honours, Downing Street said on Monday, but she will not get a state funeral.

“Downing Street can announce that, with The Queen’s consent, Lady Thatcher will receive a Ceremonial funeral with military honours.

The service will be held at St Paul’s Cathedral,” Prime Minister David Cameron’s office announced. A private cremation would follow later, it said.

Meanwhile, Mr Cameron cut short a trip to Europe on Monday, where he was lobbying EU leaders about reform, following the death of the former premier.

"Yes he is cutting short his trip. He's returning from Madrid, he's expected back later today," a Downing St spokesman told AFP.

Mr Cameron was in Madrid for talks with Spanish premier Mariano Rajoy.

He had been due to travel to Paris on Monday evening for talks with French President Francois Hollande but Downing Street confirmed that had now been postponed.