Margaret Thatcher, the combative "Iron Lady" who infuriated European allies, found a fellow believer in Ronald Reagan and transformed her country by a ruthless dedication to free markets in 11 bruising years as prime minister, has died. She was 87 years old.
This 17 July, 1987 file photo shows former
This 17 July, 1987 file photo shows former US President Ronald Reagan and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as they pose for photographers on the patio outside the Oval Office, Washington,DC. (Credit: MIKE SARGENT/AFP/Getty Images)
FILE - April 8: Baroness Thatcher Dies Aged
FILE - April 8: Baroness Thatcher Dies Aged 87 - Offbeat (Credit: Getty Keystone)
FILE - April 8: Baroness Thatcher Dies Aged
FILE - April 8: Baroness Thatcher Dies Aged 87 - Offbeat (Credit: Getty David Levenson)

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FILE - APRIL 8: Lord Bell, spokesperson for
FILE - APRIL 8: Lord Bell, spokesperson for Baroness Margaret Thatcher, announced in a statement that the former British Prime Minister died peacefully following a stroke aged 87. (Credit: Getty Keystone)
(FILES) - A picture dated June 4, 1982
(FILES) - A picture dated June 4, 1982 shows then French President Francois Mitterrand (C) welcoming British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at Grand Trianon in Versailles, at the beginning of the G8 Summit as Republican Guard stand at attention. Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on April 8, 2013 at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO/FILES-/AFP/Getty Images (Credit: Getty -)
(FILES) In a file picture taken on May
(FILES) In a file picture taken on May 9, 1975 British Conservative Party leader Margaret Thatcher (L) is received by French Prime Minister Jacques Chirac (R) in Hotel Matignon in Paris, during a private visit to France. Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on April 8, 2013 at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO/FILES-/AFP/Getty Images (Credit: Getty -)
(FILES) In a files picture taken on 29
(FILES) In a files picture taken on 29 August, 1979 British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher dressed in an army combat jacket, ventures into frontline bandit territory of South Armagh in Northern Ireland. Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on April 8, 2013 at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO/FILES-/AFP/Getty Images (Credit: Getty -)
French President Francois Mitterrand (L) welcomes British Prime
French President Francois Mitterrand (L) welcomes British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (R) 20 January 1986 at Lille airport, before they hold a press conference announcing that France and Britain agreed on the construction of a double rail tunnel under the English channel. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher meets personnel aboard
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher meets personnel aboard the HMS Antrim 08 January 1983 during her five-day visit to the Falkand Islands. (Credit: SVEN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher attends the 5th
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher attends the 5th Franco-British summit, on September 09, 1980 in Paris. Le Premier ministre de Grande-Bretagne Margaret Thatcher assiste au 5ème sommet franco-britannique qui s'est déroulé le 19 septembre 1980 au Palais de l'Elysée. (Credit: GABRIEL DUVAL/AFP/Getty Images)
(Archive) A picture taken on June 15, 1982
(Archive) A picture taken on June 15, 1982 shows the headline of the morning edition of the British national daily Daily Express with a portrait of British Premier Margaret Thatcher in a big V sign celebrating the nights announcement of a ceasefire in the Falklands after Argentina's surrender. (Credit: AFP/Getty Images) )
This picture taken on June 27, 1975 in
This picture taken on June 27, 1975 in Bonn, western Germany, shows Margaret Thatcher, then chairwoman of the British Conservative Party, and Helmut Kohl, then candidate for Chancellor of the conservative German Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party. Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on April 8, 2013 at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO / HEINRICH SANDEN / GERMANY OUTHEINRICH SANDEN/AFP/Getty Images (Credit: Getty HEINRICH SANDEN)
FILE - Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
FILE - Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis receive gifts 06 January 1988 during a visit in Nairobi. (Credit: ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

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(FILES) - A picture dated February 18, 1974
(FILES) - A picture dated February 18, 1974 shows then US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (R) meeting with Britain's Conservative Party's new leader, Margaret Thatcher, in London. Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on April 8, 2013 at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO/FILES-/AFP/Getty Images (Credit: Getty -)
Israeli Labor Party leader Shimon Peres chats with
Israeli Labor Party leader Shimon Peres chats with British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher on January 23, 1981 at 10 Downing Street during a short visit in London. (Credit: MARCEL BINH/AFP/Getty Images)
A file photo dated 29 March 1982 of
A file photo dated 29 March 1982 of Luxembourg's Prime Minister Pierre Werner (L) and British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher attending the 22nd European Council in Brussels. (Credit: JEAN MEUNIER/AFP/GettyImages)
(FILES) - A picture dated June 20, 1991
(FILES) - A picture dated June 20, 1991 shows US President George Bush (L) walking with former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (R) as they leave the Oval Office at the White House. Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on April 8, 2013 at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO/FILES/LUKE FRAZZALUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images (Credit: Getty LUKE FRAZZA)
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (L) smiles
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (L) smiles as she chats with US President George Bush 07 March 1991 in the White House Oval Office in Washington before receiving the medal of Freedom in an East Room ceremony. The medal of Freedom is the highest civilian honor bestowed in the United . (Credit: LUKE FRAZZA/AFP/Getty Images)
This picture taken on April 30, 1989 shows
This picture taken on April 30, 1989 shows then British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and then German Chancellor Helmut Kohl during a meeting in Deidesheim, southwestern Germany. Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on April 8, 2013 at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO / FRANK KLEEFELDT / GERMANY OUTFRANK KLEEFELDT/AFP/Getty Images (Credit: Getty FRANK KLEEFELDT)
(FILES) A file picture taken on March 26,
(FILES) A file picture taken on March 26, 1999, shows Chile's former dictator General Augusto Pinochet (C) and his wife (L) being visited by Margaret Thatcher (R) at their temporary residence while under house arrest at Wentworth in Surrey, Great Britain. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on Monday April 8, 2013, at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO / FILESPOOL/AFP/Getty Images (Credit: Getty POOL)
(FILES) A file picture taken on December 9,
(FILES) A file picture taken on December 9, 1989, shows British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher delivering a press conference after an European Economic Community (EEC) summit in Strasbourg. Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on Monday April 8, 2013, at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMON/FILESCHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images (Credit: Getty CHRISTOPHE SIMON)
(FILES) - A picture dated February 24, 2001
(FILES) - A picture dated February 24, 2001 shows former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher (L) meeting with then Kuwaiti Minister of the Royal Court Sheikh Nasser Mohammed al-Sabah upon her arrival in Kuwait City for a two-day celebration to mark the emirate's national day and a decade of liberation from Iraq. Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on April 8, 2013 at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO/FILES/Yassser AL-ZAYYATYASSER AL-ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty Images (Credit: Getty YASSER AL-ZAYYAT)
(FILES) - A picture dated April 3, 2002
(FILES) - A picture dated April 3, 2002 shows former British prime minister Baroness Margaret Thatcher holding a copy of her latest book 'Statecraft' during a signing session at Hatchards in Piccadilly, London. Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the "Iron Lady" who shaped a generation of British politics, died following a stroke on April 8, 2013 at the age of 87, her spokesman said. AFP PHOTO/FILES/HUGO PHILPOTTHUGO PHILPOTT/AFP/Getty Images (Credit: Getty HUGO PHILPOTT)
FILE - APRIL 8: Baroness Thatcher Dies Aged
FILE - APRIL 8: Baroness Thatcher Dies Aged 87 - Later years and Miscellaneous LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23: Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah (L) greet Lady Thatcher at Downing Street on November 23, 2009 in London. Guests arrived at the official home of the Prime Minister for the unveiling of a new portrait of former Prime Minister Lady Thatcher. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images) (Credit: Getty Peter Macdiarmid)
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher arrives at
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher arrives at the Royal Academy of Arts to attend part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth May 22, 2002 in London. (Credit: Michael Crabtree/Getty Images)