04:34 AM EDT 07/06/2014
Originally posted 04/17/2013 10:10AM
Baroness Margaret Thatcher, who died at 87 on April 8, was honored Wednesday morning at a funeral service in London, where thousands of faithful British fans – and others who had traveled from abroad – paid their respects to the woman who from 1979 to 1990 served as prime minister of England and a heroine to American conservatives.
"It was a cold night, the damp goes through you," Margaret Kittle, 79, told the U.K.'s Daily Mail after she had traveled from Canada to camp overnight to honor Lady Thatcher.
"I always said I would come to the U.K. for Margaret Thatcher's funeral because I respect her," Kittle, a retired nurse, added. "I spent 50 hours waiting for the Queen Mother's funeral, so this isn't the first time I have done this."
Originally posted 04/08/2013 12:30PM
Meryl Streep received universal acclaim and an Oscar – her third – for her portrayal of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in the 2011 biopic The Iron Lady. PEOPLE's critic raved at the time that Streep's turn was more "channeling" than impersonation.
On Monday, after the news broke that Thatcher had died at 87 following a stroke, the actress was quick to point out that, in reality, Thatcher was a complex woman she barely knew – and a woman with a complicated legacy.
"Margaret Thatcher was a pioneer, willingly or unwillingly, for the role of women in politics," Streep said in a statement. "It is hard to imagine a part of our current history that has not been affected by measures she put forward in the U.K. at the end of the 20th century. Her hard-nosed fiscal measures took a toll on the poor, and her hands-off approach to financial regulation led to great wealth for others. There is an argument that her steadfast, almost emotional loyalty to the pound sterling has helped the U.K. weather the storms of European monetary uncertainty."
Originally posted 04/08/2013 08:00AM
Margaret Thatcher, the unyielding conservative politician who from 1979 to 1990 served as Britain's first female prime minister – and the 20th century's longest running – died Monday. She was 87.
Her spokesman Lord Bell made the announcement: "It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning. A further statement will be made later."
Buckingham Palace, meanwhile, released a statement of HRH's intentions. "The Queen was sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher," it read. "Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family."
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