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Number 10 photographs document Thatcher era

The official portrait photograph taken by Terence Donovan of Margaret Thatcher. Photo: Sergeant Tom Robinson RLC/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

Downing Street has released photographs documenting Baroness Thatcher's time in office and showing her how her legacy lives on inside Number 10.

A portrait of Margaret Thatcher hangs in the study at Number 10 Downing Street. Credit: Sergeant Tom Robinson RLC/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

The collection includes an image of a huge, finely-crafted wooden globe given to Margaret Thatcher by former French president Francois Mitterrand during a visit to Britain. It now sits at the bottom of Number 10's Grand Staircase.

A finely-crafted wooden globe given as a gift to Lady Thatcher from French President Francois Mitterrand during a visit to Britain. Credit: Sergeant Tom Robinson RLC/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

In one photograph Lady Thatcher is shown alongside the Queen and then-US President Ronald Reagan at a Buckingham Palace banquet in 1984.

The Queen, Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher pictured at Buckingham Palace in 1984. Credit: PA/PA Wire

She is also pictured during her time as Secretary of State for Education and Science in a group shot of one of former Prime Minister Edward Heath's cabinets.

Margaret Thatcher (bottom right) sitting as Education and Science Secretary in Edward Heath's cabinet. Credit: Sergeant Tom Robinson RLC/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

Lady Thatcher made several improvements to the interior of Number 10 Downing Street, and appointed architect Quinlan Terry to renovate the state rooms.

The Moore Alcove, where Lady Thatcher arranged to show a rotating selection of great British sculptures. Credit: Sergeant Tom Robinson RLC/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

One of the photographs shows her personal signature - a thatcher - hidden among gold leaf that was added to the Terracotta Room.

Baroness Thatcher's signature - a thatcher - is hidden among the gold leaf in the Terracotta Room. Credit: Sergeant Tom Robinson RLC/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

There is also a photograph one of the signed copies of Lady Thatcher's autobiographies, which she gave to the Downing Street library. They sit in the Cabinet Room's bookcase alongside other books presented by retiring ministers.

A signed Baroness Thatcher autobiography. Credit: Sergeant Tom Robinson RLC/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

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