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Margaret Thatcher: Images Of The 'Iron Lady'

Former British Prime Minister Margaret has died at age 87 following a stroke. Her spokesman, Lord Bell, said that her family announced with great sadness that “she had died peacefully following a stroke this morning." Thatcher had been in ill health for many months. Thatcher, nicknamed the “Iron Lady,” is credited with helping to pull down the Iron Curtain. As Britain's only woman prime minister, she won three elections and governed from 1979 to 1990 -- the longest continuous period in office by a British prime minister since the early 19th century.

Margaret Thatcher married Denis Thatcher in London in December 1951.
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Margaret Thatcher married Denis Thatcher in London in December 1951.

Margaret Thatcher shown in October 1970, when she was secretary of state for education and science in the government of Edward Heath
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Margaret Thatcher shown in October 1970, when she was secretary of state for education and science in the government of Edward Heath

U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (right) meets with Margaret Thatcher in London in February 1975.
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U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (right) meets with Margaret Thatcher in London in February 1975.

Margaret Thatcher talks with former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (left) in Tel Aviv in April 1976.
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Margaret Thatcher talks with former Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir (left) in Tel Aviv in April 1976.

British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher waves as she arrives at 10 Downing Street to take office on May 4, 1979.
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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher waves as she arrives at 10 Downing Street to take office on May 4, 1979.

Margaret Thatcher meets with Saudi Arabian King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz at 10 Downing Street in London.
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Margaret Thatcher meets with Saudi Arabian King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz at 10 Downing Street in London.

Margaret Thatcher in London in April 1979
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Margaret Thatcher in London in April 1979

Margaret Thatcher pays her last respects to Yugoslavia's Marshal Tito during his funeral at the parliament in Belgrade in May 1980.
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Margaret Thatcher pays her last respects to Yugoslavia's Marshal Tito during his funeral at the parliament in Belgrade in May 1980.

Margaret Thatcher tours Port Stanley with her husband, Denis, during her five-day surprise visit to the Falkland Islands in January 1983.
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Margaret Thatcher tours Port Stanley with her husband, Denis, during her five-day surprise visit to the Falkland Islands in January 1983.

French President Francois Mitterrand and Foreign Minister Roland Dumas (left) welcome Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in front of the Elysee Palace in Paris in May 1984.
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French President Francois Mitterrand and Foreign Minister Roland Dumas (left) welcome Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in front of the Elysee Palace in Paris in May 1984.

Margaret Thatcher with Ronald Reagan at Camp David in 1984
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Margaret Thatcher with Ronald Reagan at Camp David in 1984

Margaret Thatcher delivers a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg in December 1986.
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Margaret Thatcher delivers a speech at the European Parliament in Strasbourg in December 1986.

Margaret Thatcher delivers the final address of the Conservative Party Convention in Brighton in October 1988.
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Margaret Thatcher delivers the final address of the Conservative Party Convention in Brighton in October 1988.

Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev talks to Bristish Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during their joint press conference in Moscow in June 1990.
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Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev talks to Bristish Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher during their joint press conference in Moscow in June 1990.

Margaret Thatcher, flanked by her husband, Denis, addresses the press for the last time in front of 10 Downing Street in London in November 1990.
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Margaret Thatcher, flanked by her husband, Denis, addresses the press for the last time in front of 10 Downing Street in London in November 1990.

Margaret Thatcher applauds as her successor, John Major, waves in London in March 1992.
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Margaret Thatcher applauds as her successor, John Major, waves in London in March 1992.

Margaret Thatcher, former U.S. President George Bush, Czech President Vaclav Havel, and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev before a dinner at Prague Castle in November 1999
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Margaret Thatcher, former U.S. President George Bush, Czech President Vaclav Havel, and former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev before a dinner at Prague Castle in November 1999

Margaret Thatcher reaches out to touch the flag-draped coffin of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol in June 2004.
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Margaret Thatcher reaches out to touch the flag-draped coffin of former U.S. President Ronald Reagan as he lies in state at the U.S. Capitol in June 2004.

Margaret Thatcher attends a church service to mark the 25th anniversary of the Falkland Islands' liberation in June 2007.
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Margaret Thatcher attends a church service to mark the 25th anniversary of the Falkland Islands' liberation in June 2007.

Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko meets with Margaret Thatcher in London in September 2007.
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Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko meets with Margaret Thatcher in London in September 2007.

Margaret Thatcher in December 2008
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Margaret Thatcher in December 2008

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