Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the first female Prime Minister of Britain, has died. She was 87.
The matriarch died early this morning after a stroke, so says her spokesman Lord Bell in a statement.
‘It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning,’ Bell said.
Margaret Thatcher, nicknamed ‘Iron Lady’ because of her personal and political toughness, was arguably Britain’s most famous prime minister. Born Margaret Roberts, she ventured into politics in 1959 as the Conservative MP for Finchley, north London. She was Britain’s Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990.
A spokesman from the Queen’s 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.’
According to Downing Street, (official residence of British prime ministers), Thatcher will be accorded the same status of funeral as Princess Diana and the Queen Mother. She will not, however, lie in state in accordance to her wishes.
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