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'Iron Lady' shows her softer side in historical photos

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Margaret Thatcher holds a chimpanzee while Prime Minister in 1985.

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British Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher enjoys a cup of tea at the opening of the South Mimms Motorway service area, watched by the press in 1987.

Margaret Thatcher, who led Great Britain as prime minister from 1979 to 1990, was the first woman to hold the job, and was the longest-serving prime minister of the postwar era.

During her decades-long career in politics, the camera followed her every move and many of the images that we’re left with show a humorous side to the “Iron Lady."

Whether she was meeting with constituents or playing a game of snooker, Thatcher’s image appears to be one of control and grace.

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Margaret Thatcher has fun on a ski run in Battersea Park with instructor Joe Hoki in 1962 as the Conservative MP.

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Margaret Thatcher, conservative party leader, on the campaign trail during the general election campaign in 1979.

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Margaret Thatcher gets a kiss from Petticoat Lane stallholder Lew Pickle, on her East End walkabout in 1979 in London while she was the Conservative Party leader.

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Margaret Thatcher swings from a hoist during a visit to the Royal Navy as prime minister in 1983

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Margaret Thatcher handles a silver mine drill at the Broken Hill mine, west of Sydney, Australia, in 1976.

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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher stands in a British tank during a visit to British forces in Fallingbostel in 1986.

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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at Imperial College, London, to open the Technology 2000 exhibition in 1985.

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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher plays snooker during an election campaign visit in 1987.

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British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher peers through binoculars during an election campaign photo call in 1987.