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Britons pay their respects as Thatcher's body leaves the Ritz

Britons pay their respects as Thatcher's body leaves the Ritz
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The body of the late Baroness Thatcher has now been moved from London’s Ritz Hotel, where she spent her final days before dying at the age of 87.

The first and only female British Prime Minister will be honoured with a service of a scale not seen for a former premier since that of Winston Churchill half a century ago.

She will receive a ceremonial funeral with full military honours at St Paul’s Cathedral in around a weeks time.

While famously divisive, many outside the five-star hotel were there to show their respect and appreciation to the Iron Lady.

One woman said: “Just the fact that she was a woman, I think that’s already a big thing. Because obviously, in parliament, men dominate it.”

Another added: “She came from a lower side of the society and she was very ambitious to be a prime minister. So I respect her because she did a lot.”

Some Conservative MPs had called for a full state funeral, but its understood that Thatcher herself had decided against that saying it would be “inappropriate” for her to lie-in-state and requested there be no fly-past as it would be a waste of tax-payers money.

Thatcher’s quotable quotes

  • “I don’t think there will be a woman prime minister in my lifetime.” – as Education Secretary in 1973, six years before becoming Britain’s first, and so far only, woman prime minister

  • “Where there is discord, may we bring harmony. Where there is error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. And where there is despair, may we bring hope.” – Quoting St Francis of Assisi after her 1979 election victory

  • “I am not a consensus politician. I’m a conviction politician.” – 1979

  • “I don’t mind how much my ministers talk, as long as they do what I say.” – 1980

  • “We had to fight the enemy without in the Falklands. We always have to be aware of the enemy within, which is much more difficult to fight and more dangerous to liberty.” – On the 1984-85 miners’ strike which provoked some of the fiercest union opposition to her economic policies

  • “We are not asking for a penny piece of community money for Britain. What we are asking is for a very large amount of our own money back, over and above what we contribute to the community, which is covered by our receipts from the community.”- At a European Economic Community summit 1979

  • “To those waiting with bated breath for that favourite media catchphrase, the U-turn, I have only one thing to say: You turn if you want to. The lady’s not for turning.” – 1980 Conservative Party conference, to colleagues urging her to soften her economic policies that were blamed for high unemployment

  • “This is a day I was not meant to see.” – To reporters the day after surviving a deadly 1984 Irish Republican Army bomb attack on the Conservative Party conference

  • “We have become a grandmother.” – On the birth of her first grandchild, 1989

  • “No! No! No!” At the House of Commons in 1990, the climax of an anti-European outburst that moved Geoffrey Howe to quit as deputy prime minister and deliver a resignation speech which called for her to be challenged for her job

  • “I fight on, I fight to win.” – In November 1990, after failing to win enough votes to avoid a second round in the Conservative leadership contest. She resigned the next day

  • “It’s a funny old world” – On her decision to quit in 1990