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Oct 13, 2005 9:22 pm


Who Was Invited to Margaret Thatcher’s Eightieth Birthday Bash?



This evening Margaret, Lady Thatcher, is hosting her eightieth birthday party at London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hyde Park. The Times informs its readers that Lady Thatcher is welcoming her guests at a two-and-a-half-hour reception, and that the time has been kept short as she tires quickly and suffers from memory loss after several minor strokes.

As you would expect, her guest list is a roll call of honor from the 1980s Thatcher heyday. The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh are there (it’s rare for the monarch to attend such an event), as are Tony and Cherie Blair. Also attending are Lord Harris (that’s Ralph Harris who founded the Institute of Economic Affairs), economist Sir Alan Walters, Labour MP Frank Field, singer Dame Shirley Bassey, actresses Joan Collins and June Whitfield, Lord Lloyd-Webber and Sir Tim Rice, disk jockeys Terry Wogan and Sir Jimmy Young, chef Marco Pierre White, journalist William Shawcross, historian Norman Stone, media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, Caspar Weinberger, two (out of four) contenders for the Conservative Party leadership, John Profumo (now there’s a name from the past!), in all 650 guests. For the complete guest list, go here.

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