Margaret Hilda Thatcher will be laid to rest on April 17, at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London with full military honors.
The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party was often called the “Iron Lady,” due to being the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century and the only woman to have ever held the position.
“It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning,” Thatcher spokesperson Lord Bell said Monday in a statement.
Thatcher passed away the morning of April 8 at The Ritz Hotel in London after suffering a stroke. The 87-year-old had been staying in a suite there since Christmas, because she was having problems using the stairs at her home in Chester Square.
She is expected to receive the same level of honor that was given Princess Diana and the Queen Mother Elizabeth. During the night of April 16, Thatcher’s coffin will lie at the Houses of Parliament. On April 17, she will travel on a horse-drawn gun carriage to the cathedral along a route lined by military personnel.
Former British prime minister Tony Blair said Thatcher had a vast impact on the world.
“Very few leaders get to change not only the political landscape of their country but of the world,” he said. “Margaret was such a leader.”