Joined by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, president Ronald Reagan does his best to hang onto his dog Lucky in the White House Rose Garden 2/20/1985. (UPI Photo/Jim HUbbard)
Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher has cancelled her plans to attend a tribute to Ronald Reagan today on Independence Day. She was just too weak to attend the hour long ceremony.
The Daily Mail reported:
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Baroness Thatcher has cancelled plans to attend the unveiling of Ronald Reagan’s statue on Monday due to growing mental and physical frailty.
She had hoped to be present at the U.S. Independence Day celebrations to honour her political soulmate in London’s Grosvenor Square.
But it has been decided that the 85-year-old former Prime Minister will find it too tiring to sit for an hour in front of the world’s media.
The unveiling of the 10ft bronze will be the third major event she has missed recently, including the Royal Wedding.
Foreign Secretary William Hague and former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice are due to attend the ceremony, along with 1,000 fans of the former American President.
Sources close to the former Prime Minister say she is bitterly disappointed not to be at the event, organised on the centenary of Mr Reagan’s birth by the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.
The £500,000 ($800,000) statue’s plinth features one of Mr Reagan’s many quotes – ‘Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction’ – and also a tribute from Lady Thatcher: ‘Ronald Reagan won the Cold War without firing a shot.’