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Independence Day 2011: Margaret Thatcher ‘to attend Ronald Reagan statue unveiling’

  • Thatcher and Reagan remembered for partnership in Cold War
  • But Iron Lady rarely makes public appearances nowadays
  • Ceremony part of tour celebrating Reagan’s 100th birthday

By Mark Duell and Mail On Sunday Reporter

Last updated at 2:11 AM on 4th July 2011

Baroness Thatcher has cancelled plans to attend the unveiling of Ronald Reagan’s statue on Monday due to growing mental and physical frailty.

She had hoped to be present at the U.S. Independence Day celebrations to honour her political soulmate in London’s Grosvenor Square.

But it has been decided that the 85-year-old former Prime Minister will find it too tiring to sit for an hour in front of the world’s media.

Model: A maquette of the Ronald Reagan memorial bronze statue to be unveiled in London on Monday

Big effort: Margaret Thatcher, right, who rarely appears in public, is ‘determined’ to attend the unveiling of a statue for now-deceased Ronald Reagan, right, on Independence Day (they are pictured in 1982)

The unveiling of the 10ft bronze will be the third major event she has missed recently, including the Royal Wedding.

Foreign Secretary William Hague and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are due to attend the ceremony, along with 1,000 fans of the former American President.

Sources close to the former Prime Minister say she is bitterly disappointed not to be at the event, organised on the centenary of Mr Reagan’s birth by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.


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