Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatchers Relationship, in Photos – TownandCountrymag.com

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Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatcher had a famously complicated relationship. A notorious 1986 report in the Sunday Times, headlined “Queen dismayed by ‘uncaring’ Thatcher,” was among the flashpoints in their time working together—understandably, as it claimed that the Queen, who has always done her best to stay out of politics, staunchly disagreed with the Prime Minister’s refusal to impose sanctions on apartheid South Africa. It also claimed that the monarch found Thatcher to be “confrontational and socially divisive.”

Still, the pair managed to work together for over a decade as monarch and Prime Minister; later reports have it that the Queen apologized for the article, and the Queen would eventually award Thatcher the prestigious Order of Merit. Below, photographs of Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatcher through the years.

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Thatcher, then Leader of the Opposition, curtsies as she greets Queen Elizabeth at the Inter-Parliamentary Conference.



The Queen and Prime Minister both traveled to Zambia in 1979 to attend that year’s Commonwealth conference. Here, they speak to other guests at one of the conference’s more formal events.



Louis Mountbatten, a longtime military leader and uncle to Prince Philip, was killed by the IRA in a bomb blast off the coast of Ireland in 1979. Here, the Queen and Margaret Thatcher attend the unveiling of a bronze statue erected in his honor.



Queen Elizabeth held a special banquet during 1984’s London Economic Summit, which allowed photographers to capture this rare moment between the British monarch, President Ronald Reagan, and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.



Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatcher enter the formal event together, each wearing floor-length gowns.



Queen Elizabeth arrives at an event at 10 Downing Street, and is welcomed by the Prime Minister with a curtsey.



At an EEC summit in London, French President Francois Mitterrand (bottom left), Queen Elizabeth, Margaret Thatcher, French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac (top right), and more dignitaries pose for a photograph.



Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip are seated onstage as Thatcher delivers a speech.



Five years after her term as Prime Minister ended, Margaret Thatcher celebrated her 70th birthday with a grand party—and of course the Queen was a special guest.



The Queen and the former Prime Minister share a laugh while opening a new wing of London’s National Portrait Gallery.



Queen Elizabeth and Margaret Thatcher speak at a Buckingham Palace reception.



Thatcher threw another bash for her 80th birthday, and the Queen once again attended the event.



Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife Cherie Blair look on as Thatcher greets the Queen with a curtsey. The dignitaries were attending a service at the Falkland Islands Memorial Chapel to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Liberation Day.



Margaret Thatcher, wearing her Order of Merit badge (an honor bestowed by the Queen), speaks with the Queen at Buckingham Palace ahead of a lunch for members of the Order.

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