So sad. The ‘Iron Lady,’ Great Britain’s first female Prime Minister passed away peacefully following a stroke on Apr. 8. All of the UK is in mourning today — including One Direction’s Harry Styles.
Lady Margaret Thatcher, who made history in 1979 by becoming the first woman to be Prime Minister, died peacefully after suffering a stroke on Apr. 8, according to her spokesperson.
Margaret Thatcher: First Female Prime Minister Dies At 87
Lord Bell, the spokesperson, said, “It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning.” Margaret had suffered several strokes before this most recent one.
Lady Margaret Thatcher leaves behind an incredible legacy — she has left an indelible mark on Great Britain. Lady Margaret forcefully took hold off the country when she became Prime Minister in 1979, taking a strike-infested English workforce and thrusting the nation back into the forefront of international industry.
She also gained her fair share of detractors — many believed that she personified a new uncaring political philosophy, dubbing it “Thatcherism.” But Margaret will be remembered for her fearlessness and determination, above all things. Before resigning as Prime Minister in 1990, Margaret won three straight General Elections in a row.
When history is written, they will declare Lady Margaret one of England’s greatest peacetime leaders. Many believe that it was her who singlehandedly put determination back into the British people.
Harry Styles & Queen Elizabeth Send Sympathy To Margaret Thatcher
The One Direction star showed his respects to the Iron Lady almost immediately after news of her death was released. “RIP Baroness Thatcher .x,” he tweeted. That’s how important Lady Margaret was — she even touched people who were born years after she stopped being Prime Minister!
Buckingham Palace also released a statement on behalf of Queen Elizabeth, according to the Press Association: “The Queen is sad to hear the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher and Her Majesty will be sending a private message of sympathy to the family,” they said.
“The Prince of Wales was saddened to learn of the news of the death of Baroness Thatcher,” Clarence House told HollywoodLife.com about Prince Charles.
Lady Margaret Thatcher was truly one of our most powerful historical figures, and she will not be forgotten. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
Check out this touching video tribute to Margaret from our friends at NowThis News:
— Andrew Gruttadaro