Thatcher makes surprise visit to British PM

8th June 2010, Comments 0 comments

Former British premier Margaret Thatcher paid a surprise visit Tuesday to Downing Street at the invitation of Prime Minister David Cameron, who ended their party's 13 years in opposition last month.

A frail-looking Thatcher, 84, waved for the cameras in front of the famous black door of No. 10, steadying herself on railings before being helped up the step into the prime minister's residence.

Wearing a powder-blue dress, the former "Iron Lady" -- whose public appearances are limited since she developed Alzheimer's -- spent 45 minutes inside her old home, where she was Conservative premier from 1979-1990.

Cameron, whose party won May 6 polls but had to forge a coalition deal with centrist Liberal Democrats, accompanied her back outside afterwards, before she was whisked away in her waiting limousine.

Thatcher visited Labour premiers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown at Number 10 shortly after they took office in 1997 and 2007 respectively.

© 2010 AFP

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