Margaret Thatcher’s daughter Carol said that she was expecting a tough and tearful week ahead of her mother’s funeral on Wednesday. As journalists teemed outside Margaret Thatcher’s former home in London, the daughter said, “I would just like to say that I feel like anyone else who has just lost a second parent. It’s a deeply sad and rather thought-provoking landmark in life.”
Among many achievements, Margaret Thatcher distinguished herself as the only female prime minister in Britain and also the one with the longest tenure from 1979 to 1990. She died on April 8, 2013; from stroke at the age of 87.
Carol Thatcher, a 59-year-old journalist, said the “magnificent” tributes to her mother from world leaders were testimony to the fact that the ‘Iron Lady’ was well-admired across the world. More than 2000 political dignitaries, celebrities and friends are supposed to attend her ceremonial funeral at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London on Wednesday.
Carol had an on-and-off relationship with her mother; she had felt that her mother always favored her brother Mark.‘As a child I was frightened of her,’ she has said. ‘I always felt I came second of the two. Unloved is not the right word, but I never felt I made the grade.’ However, during the last few years, both mother and daughter were known to have gotten close.
“My mother once said to me, ‘Carol, I think my place in history is assured.’ The magnificent tributes this week — from the wonderful words of President Obama to others from colleagues who once worked alongside her — have proved her right,” the daughter said. She added, “An enormous personal thank you to those who have sent me messages of sympathy and support — these have given me strength. “ Margaret Thatcher is bereaved by daughter Carol and her twin brother Mark.
Margaret Thatcher with Children and Husband – Pictures
28 year old Margaret Thatcher with her twin children
Margaret Thatcher plays for her husband Sir Denis Thatcher while their 17 year old children look on.
Margaret Thatcher watching a tennis match in 2004 with daughter Carol
Thatcher with her son Mark in 2007
Margaret Thatcher at the funeral of her husband Denis with children Carol and Mark.