The former British Prime Minister, known as “The Iron Lady”, died after suffering a stroke. She was 87.
Margaret Hilda Thatcher, who later became Baroness Thatcher, was the only female Prime Minister in British history, holding the post for 11 years (1979-1990). Thatcher was a close ally of U.S. President Ronald Reagan, whose term in office ran parallel to hers (1981-1989).
While Thatcher shared a good relationship with America’s Head of State, her own was more of a mystery to her. Thatcher was known to be extremely obsequious towards the Queen in public; the Queen thought Lady Thatcher a bit cold, but respected her. Their relationship was cordial, but the monarch’s non-confrontational personality did not gel with the oft-confrontational and pragmatic Iron Lady.
Thatcher stepped down in 1990, and John Major took the reins of power.
Current PM David Cameron eulogized Thatcher as “the patriot Prime Minister” who believed that Britain was a significant power on the world stage and should be proud of its contributions. Her famous “No! No! No!” speech in Parliament honestly and concisely declared her antipathy for closer European integration.
Due to declining health, Thatcher left public life entirely in 2002.
Baroness Thatcher (née Roberts) was born October 13, 1925. She is survived by her children, Mark and Carol. Her husband, Denis Thatcher, predeceased her in 2003.