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Denis Thatcher

British businessman

Major Sir Denis Thatcher, 1st Baronet, MBE, (10 May 1915 – 26 June 2003) was a British businessman, and the husband of the former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. As of 2013, he is the most recent person outside the Royal Family to be awarded a hereditary title, which he was awarded in 1991. Thatcher was the only male spouse of a British Prime Minister in British history.[1][dated info]

Sir Denis Thatcher

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Denis Thatcher in 1984
Spouse of the Prime Minister
of the United Kingdom
In office
4 May 1979 – 28 November 1990
MonarchElizabeth II
Preceded byAudrey Callaghan
Succeeded byNorma Major
Thatcher baronet
In office
7 December 1990 – 26 June 2003
Succeeded byMark Thatcher
Personal details
Born(1915-05-10)10 May 1915
London, England
Died26 June 2003(2003-06-26) (aged 88)
London, England
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Margaret Kempson
(m. 1942–1948, divorced)
Margaret Roberts
(m. 1951–2003, his death)
ChildrenMark Thatcher
Carol Thatcher
Alma materMill Hill School
AwardsBt, MBE, TD
Military service
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Branch/serviceBritish Army
Years of service1938–1965
UnitQueen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment
Royal Artillery
Battles/warsWorld War II


Early lifeEdit

Thatcher was born in Lewisham, London, the elder 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.

Personal lifeEdit

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[2] in Richmond, London. His widow, Margaret, died on April 8, 2013 almost 10 years after his death.


  1. uk/history-and-tour/margaret-thatcher-2/ "Margaret Thatcher" Check |url= value (help). Number 10.
  2. "Notable dead at Mortlake" (PDF). Mortlake Crematorium. 14 December 2008.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Denis Thatcher at Wikimedia Commons