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Even Margaret Thatcher’s foes testify to her strength

LONDON — Britain on Monday embarked on a period of mourning for its most transformative peacetime prime minister, Margaret Thatcher, whose death at age 87 provoked a wave of emotive reflection from a normally stoic nation still deeply divided by her legacy.

As her health declined in recent years, Thatcher had largely faded from public life, though she was occasionally spotted walking, with help, up the stairs of the Ritz Hotel.

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