Former Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher has died after suffering a stroke today.
Britain's first and only female political leader passed away peacefully aged 87, after suffering from poor health for more than a decade.
Her spokesman Lord Bell said: 'It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning'.
The Queen was sad to hear of Baroness Thatcher's death and Her Majesty will send a private message of sympathy to the family, Buckingham Palace said today.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: 'It was with great sadness that l learned of Lady Thatcher’s death. We've lost a great leader, a great Prime Minister and a great Briton'.
He will return early from his visit to Europe this afternoon following the death of Baroness Thatcher, Downing Street said.
The grocer's daughter, who became the longest serving British prime minister of the 20th century, will be honoured with a full state funeral at St Paul's Cathedral.Not since Winston Churchill's death has a politician been granted such a tribute. His funeral was also held there in 1965.
'A wide and diverse range of people and groups with connections to Lady Thatcher will be invited,' Number 10 said.
The service will be followed by a private cremation. All the arrangements being put in place are in line with wishes of Lady Thatcher's family. Further details will be published over the coming days.'
The union flag above Number 10 Downing Street has been lowered to half-mast and flowers were left outside her Chelsea home within an hour of the announcement of her death.
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Sad day, what a woman she was.
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