November 29, 1990 |
The crowd cheered, Margaret Thatcher raised her hand in a familiar wave and then she was gone, out the gates of Buckingham Palace and into history. Thatcher, prime minister for more than 11 years, had formally resigned and returned her "letters patent" to Queen Elizabeth II and bade the monarch farewell in a 45-minute audience Wednesday morning. She had already made her final appearance as prime minister at the House of Commons and said goodby to her staff at 10 Downing St.
May 8, 1990 |
Denis Thatcher arrived back at 10 Downing Street today from a visit to the United States and failed to notice his wife waiting in the front hall. "Hello, how are you," cried Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as her husband, who turns 75 Thursday, headed for their private apartment on the top floor of 10 Downing Street. Stopped in his tracks, Denis turned, gave her a quick kiss and strode off.
December 4, 1989 |
When psychiatrist Dr. Richard Roukema and history teacher Marge Roukema moved to the small town of Ridgewood, N.J., 32 years ago, they were known around town as "Dr. Roukema and his wife, Marge." Years later, when she became a local school official, they were referred to as "Dr. Roukema and the vice president of the school board, Marge Roukema." In 1981, after she was elected to the U. S.
June 2, 1989 |
President and Mrs. Bush wound up a weeklong trip to Europe on Thursday, celebrating a "special relationship" sealed with a kiss. Make that two kisses. As Barbara Bush arrived Thursday morning at No. 10 Downing St., Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's official residence, Denis Thatcher, the prime minister's husband, stepped out and, lifting her hand to his lips, greeted her with a courtly kiss. "Can we have the kiss again?' a British photographer called out. U.S. Initiative This time, it was an American initiative, as Barbara Bush raised Denis Thatcher's hand to the appreciative clicking of camera shutters.
April 24, 1989 |
--Charles E. Horner is associate director of the U.S. Information Agency. But he knew his wife was more influential when a letter arrived for "Mr. and Mrs. Constance Horner." Her "better half" founded the Denis Thatcher Society, named after the retiring husband of British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. It's a tongue-in-cheek support group for "men whose wives are deservedly more prominent and influential than they are," he said. Constance J. Horner, for instance, oversees 2.2 million federal employees as director of the Office of Personnel Management and is nominated to be undersecretary of health and human services.
May 12, 1985 |
--Denis Thatcher, husband of Britain's first woman prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, turned a philosophical 70 Friday, saying that he keeps fit with "gin and cigarettes." Thatcher was interviewed by his journalist daughter, Carol, for the London Daily Telegraph. "I agree with Maurice Chevalier, who said, 'It feels fine when you consider the alternative,' " Thatcher said about growing old. "I can still play 36 holes of golf in a day.