Margaret Thatcher dies at 87

Margaret Thatcher, the first woman ever to serve as prime minister of Great Britain and the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century died at age 87 on March 8.

British daily newspapers featuring front-page coverage of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's death, are seen in London, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Thatcher, the combative "Iron Lady" who infuriated European allies, found a fellow believer in former U.S. President Ronald Reagan and transformed her country by a ruthless dedication to free markets in 11 bruising years as prime minister, died Monday, April 8, 2013. She was 87 years old. (AP Photo)

FILE - In this June 23, 1982 file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher gestures with her pen as she answers a reporters question during a news conference at the United Nations. Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that Thatcher has died. She was 87. Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as "the Iron Lady" passed away Monday morning, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - Feb, 1, 1975 file photo of the them Conservative Member of Parliament Margaret Thatcher, in her Chelsea home kitchen. She was Britain's first female leader, a strong woman who battled her way to the top of a male-dominated political system _ but don't call Margaret Thatcher a feminist. The former prime minister, who died Monday aged 87, rejected the label _ "I owe nothing to women's lib," she once said _ and she leaves a contested legacy for women. (AP Photo/ PA/File) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

FILE - Feb, 1, 1975 file photo of the them Conservative Member of Parliament Margaret Thatcher, in her Chelsea home kitchen. She was Britain's first female leader, a strong woman who battled her way to the top of a male-dominated political system _ but don't call Margaret Thatcher a feminist. The former prime minister, who died Monday aged 87, rejected the label _ "I owe nothing to women's lib," she once said _ and she leaves a contested legacy for women. (AP Photo/ PA/File) UNITED KINGDOM OUT

FILE - In a June 10, 1984 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, second left, stands with, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, left, U.S. President Ronald Reagan, second right, and Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at London's Buckingham Palace, prior to a dinner for summit leaders. Thatchers former spokesman, Tim Bell, said that the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died Monday morning, April 8, 2013, of a stroke. She was 87. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - In a June 10, 1984 file photo, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, second left, stands with, West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, left, U.S. President Ronald Reagan, second right, and Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at London's Buckingham Palace, prior to a dinner for summit leaders. Thatchers former spokesman, Tim Bell, said that the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died Monday morning, April 8, 2013, of a stroke. She was 87. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - In this June 12, 1987 file photo, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher waves to supporters from Conservative Party headquarters in London after claiming victory in Britain's general election. Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that Thatcher has died. She was 87. Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as "the Iron Lady" passed away Monday morning, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 1986 file photo, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stands in a British tank during a visit to British forces in Fallingbostel, some 120km (70 miles) south of Hamburg, Germany. Thatcher's former spokesman, Tim Bell, said the former prime minister, known to both friends and foes as "The Iron Lady," died of a stroke Monday morning, April 8, 2013. She was 87. (AP Photo/Jockel Fink, File)

FILE - This is a 1980 file photo showing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that Thatcher has died. She was 87. Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as "the Iron Lady" passed away Monday morning, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - This is a 1980 file photo showing British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that Thatcher has died. She was 87. Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as "the Iron Lady" passed away Monday morning, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

The Union flag flies at half mast at the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, April 8, 2013, in honour of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher's spokesman, Tim Bell, said the former prime minister died Monday morning of a stroke. Flags were flown at half-staff at Buckingham Palace, Parliament and Downing Street for the 87 year old. Queen Elizabeth II authorized Thatcher to have a ceremonial funeral — a step short of a state funeral — to be held at St. Paul's Cathedral in London with military honors. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

The Union flag flies at half mast at the Houses of Parliament in London, Monday, April 8, 2013, in honour of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Thatcher's spokesman, Tim Bell, said the former prime minister died Monday morning of a stroke. Flags were flown at half-staff at Buckingham Palace, Parliament and Downing Street for the 87 year old. Queen Elizabeth II authorized Thatcher to have a ceremonial funeral — a step short of a state funeral — to be held at St. Paul's Cathedral in London with military honors. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

FILE - In this June 23, 1982 file photo, President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher speak to reporters at the White House in Washington. Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that Thatcher has died. She was 87. Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as "the Iron Lady" passed away Monday morning, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this June 23, 1982 file photo, President Ronald Reagan and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher speak to reporters at the White House in Washington. Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that Thatcher has died. She was 87. Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as "the Iron Lady" passed away Monday morning, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In a Feb. 4, 1975 file photo, Margaret Thatcher gets a kiss from her husband Denis in London, Feb. 4, 1975, after she had come out on top with 130 votes in the first round of the election for the Conservative party leadership. Thatchers former spokesman, Tim Bell, said that the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had died Monday morning, April 8, 2013, of a stroke. She was 87 years old. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In a Feb. 4, 1975 file photo, Margaret Thatcher gets a kiss from her husband Denis in London, Feb. 4, 1975, after she had come out on top with 130 votes in the first round of the election for the Conservative party leadership. Thatchers former spokesman, Tim Bell, said that the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher had died Monday morning, April 8, 2013, of a stroke. She was 87 years old. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 1977 file photo, British Conservative Party Leader Margaret Thatcher listens to a reporters question during a press conference at the British Embassy in Washington. Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that Thatcher has died. She was 87. Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as "the Iron Lady" passed away Monday morning, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 1979 file photo, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher reviews the honor guard at the White House in Washington, as President Jimmy Carter follows. At left in Col. Stanley Bonta, commander of the guard. Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that Thatcher has died. She was 87. Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as "the Iron Lady" passed away Monday morning, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 1979 file photo, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher reviews the honor guard at the White House in Washington, as President Jimmy Carter follows. At left in Col. Stanley Bonta, commander of the guard. Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that Thatcher has died. She was 87. Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as "the Iron Lady" passed away Monday morning, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this April 9, 1975 file photo, former California Governor Ronald Reagan presents a silver dollar medallion to Opposition Leader Margaret Thatcher when he visited her office at the House of Commons in London. Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that Thatcher has died. She was 87. Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as "the Iron Lady" passed away Monday morning, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this April 9, 1975 file photo, former California Governor Ronald Reagan presents a silver dollar medallion to Opposition Leader Margaret Thatcher when he visited her office at the House of Commons in London. Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that Thatcher has died. She was 87. Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as "the Iron Lady" passed away Monday morning, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In a April 6, 1979 file photo, Margaret Thatcher, with husband Denis, attends the funeral of Airey Neave the Conservative Party leader’s friend and political adviser, at ST. Mary’s Church, in Longworth after Neave, Opposition spokesman on Northern Ireland, died when a terrorist bomb blasted his car in the Commons. Thatchers former spokesman, Tim Bell, said that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died Monday morning, April 8, 2013, of a stroke. She was 87. (AP Photo, File)

FILE - In a April 6, 1979 file photo, Margaret Thatcher, with husband Denis, attends the funeral of Airey Neave the Conservative Party leader’s friend and political adviser, at ST. Mary’s Church, in Longworth after Neave, Opposition spokesman on Northern Ireland, died when a terrorist bomb blasted his car in the Commons. Thatchers former spokesman, Tim Bell, said that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died Monday morning, April 8, 2013, of a stroke. She was 87. (AP Photo, File)

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This is a 1969 file photo showing Margaret Thatcher. Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died. She was 87. Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as "the Iron Lady" passed away Monday morning, Aprilo 8, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

FILE - In this Feb. 20, 1985 file photo, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher meets with her friend and political ally President Ronald Reagan during a visit to the White House in Washington. Thatcher, who led Britain for 11 years, died of a stroke Monday morning, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, file)

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 1984 file photo, Mikhail S. Gorbachev poses with Britain's Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in London. Ex-spokesman Tim Bell says that Thatcher has died. She was 87. Bell said the woman known to friends and foes as "the Iron Lady" passed away Monday morning, April 8, 2013. (AP Photo/File)

Margaret Thatcher dies

Former British Prime Minister dies of stroke

Commuters read on a train daily newspapers featuring front-page coverage of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's death, in London, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. Margaret Thatcher, the combative "Iron Lady" who infuriated European allies, found a fellow believer in former US President Ronald Reagan and transformed her country by a ruthless dedication to free markets in 11 bruising years as prime minister, died Monday, April 8, 2013. She was 87 years old. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)