Sir Denis Thatcher, 1st Baronet, MBE, CStJ, TD (10 May 1915 – 26 June 2003) was a British businessman and the husband of Margaret Thatcher, who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. He was the first male spouse of a British prime minister.
Sir Denis Thatcher
Dining at 10 Downing Street in 1988
|Spouse of the Prime Minister|
of the United Kingdom
4 May 1979 – 28 November 1990
|Preceded by||Audrey Callaghan|
|Succeeded by||Norma Major|
|Born||10 May 1915|
Lewisham, London, England
|Died||26 June 2003 (aged 88)|
Chelsea, London, England
|Resting place||Royal Hospital Chelsea|
Margaret Doris Kempson
(m. 1942; div. 1948)
|Alma mater||Mill Hill School|
|Years of service||1938–1965|
|Battles/wars||Second World War|
Thatcher was born in Lewisham, London, the oldest child of a New Zealand-born British businessman, Thomas Herbert (Jack) Thatcher. He studied at the Mill Hill School until he left at the age of 18 to become a businessman.
Thatcher was married to Margaret Kempson from 1942 until they divorced in 1948. Then he was married to Margaret Roberts from 1951 until his death in 2003. Thatcher and Margaret had twins: a son, Mark Thatcher, and daughter, Carol Thatcher.
On 17 January 2003, Thatcher underwent a six-hour heart bypass operation. He had been complaining of breathlessness in the weeks before Christmas 2002 and the problem was diagnosed in early January. There, Thatcher was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer along with fluid in his lungs.
Thatcher died in Lister Hospital at Westminster in London, England, from pancreatic cancer, aged 88. His body was cremated at Mortlake Crematorium in Richmond, London. His widow, Margaret, died almost 10 years after in 2013.
- Media related to Denis Thatcher at Wikimedia Commons
- BBC photo archive
- His obituary (a life story) and picture gallery on the Telegraph website
- Denis Thatcher's grave