Lady Thatcher: A Life in Pictures

As tributes from all over the world pour in for Margaret Thatcher following her death at the age of 87, we look back at some key moments in the life of Britain’s first female Prime Minister.

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1950: Conservative candidate for Dartford Margaret Hilda Roberts – a former grammar school girl and grocer’s daughter from Grantham – on her way to a garden party at Buckingham Palace, in London.
1959: Margaret Thatcher, MP for Finchley, with her twin children Mark and Carol as they leave for school.

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1975: Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher, hard at work in her office at the House of Commons.
1979: Flanked by her husband Sir Denis and policemen, Margaret Thatcher waves from the doorstep of Number 10 Downing Street in Whitehall, London, on the day of the General Election. She led the Conservatives to victory, and in doing so became Britain’s first and only female Prime Minister

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1983: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in a minefield on a tour of the Rookery Bay beach area of the Falkland Islands. The war changed her political career: she fought off Argentine invasion and her popularity soared.
1989: Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street, London, ten years after they moved in.

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1990: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher makes a final speech outside 10 Downing Street, London, before leaving for Buckingham Palace where she was to hand in her resignation to The Queen. With 11 years in office, she was the longest-serving British premier of the 20th century.
1993: Baroness Thatcher in her robes in the House of Lords chamber during the State opening of Parliament.

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1995: Baroness Thatcher basks in a standing ovation as she arrives on the platform at the Conservative Party Conference in Blackpool – five years after her resignation as Prime Minister.
2007: Baroness Thatcher stands in front of a bronze statue of herself, inside the Palace of Westminster, London, The 7ft 6in bronze by artist Antony Dufont is the first sculpture in the Commons that has ever honoured a living ex-Prime Minister.
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