Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87
Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87
Apr 8, 2013 Baroness Thatcher, Britains Iron Lady, Britains only female prime minister Margaret Thatcher has died peacefully following a stroke at the age of 87.
Her children Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother had died peacefully.
Lord Bell said, We will never see the like of her again. She was one of the great prime ministers of all time and transformed people's lives.
He described her as a grocers daughter from Grantham, as the greatest leader of the Conservative Party with the exception of Winston Churchill.
She was just a fantastic person, extraordinary charisma, very focused, loved her country, loved being in government and dedicated her life to making peoples lives better. I think history will remember her very kindly.
Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute saying, It was with great sadness that I learned of Lady Thatchers death. We have lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton.
Cameron, who was meeting EU leaders in Spain, will return home today.
Buckingham Palace said, The Queen was sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher. Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family.
I truly hope she is in heaven. She was wonderful!
April 9 Thatches body is being removed from the Ritz hotel where she died.
The funeral of Baroness Thatcher will take place on Wednesday, 17 April
The funeral ceremony, with full military honours, will take place at London's St Paul's Cathedral, following a procession from Westminster.
The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, will attend the service, Buckingham Palace said.
Lady Thatcher will not have a state funeral but will be accorded the same status as Princess Diana and the Queen Mother.
Well-known hymns and poems for Lady Thatcher funeral
14 April 2013 Details of the ceremony have been published, including the hymns
To Be A Pilgrim, I Vow to Thee My Country and Love Divine, All Loves Excelling.
The programme features lines from Wordsworth's Intimations of Immortality and TS Eliot's Little Gidding.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people took part in a demonstration condemning Lady Thatcher in Trafalgar Square, London.
The protesters danced and sang around a large effigy of the late prime minister and chanted slogans.
9 people were arrested during Saturday's protest. GOOD!
Queen leads mourners at Margaret Thatcher funeral
17 April 2013 The Queen has led mourners in St Paul's Cathedral at the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, Britain's longest serving prime minister of modern times.
More than 2,000 guests from around the world paid their last respects at the biggest such occasion since the Queen Mother's funeral in 2002.
Thousands of members of the public and the armed forces lined the funeral procession route through London.
PM David Cameron said it was a "fitting tribute" to a major figure.
Four thousand police officers were on duty in central London but, despite concerns about demonstrations, only a small number of protesters voiced their opposition to Lady Thatcher's policies and there were no arrests.
Residents of a South Yorkshire village scarred by pit closures "celebrated" her funeral
A rose was unveiled in memory of Baroness Thatcher in Grantham, Lincolnshire, where she was born
Students at Somerville, Lady Thatcher's former Oxford University college, gathered to watch the funeral
Self-styled "Essex Man" Bill Sharp witnessed Baroness Thatcher's funeral procession
The congregation at St Paul's included Lady Thatcher's family and all surviving British prime ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and Sir John Major, the current cabinet and surviving members of Lady Thatcher's governments.
There were tears, and occasional laughter, as the Bishop of London, The Right Reverend Richard Chartres, paid tribute to Lady Thatcher's forthright character in a simple service, which, at her personal request, did not include any eulogies.