In 1982 Argentina invaded the Falklands. Following reports British troops had recaptured the island of South Georgia from Argentina, she told reporters asking questions of her: "Just rejoice at that news."
Kelvin MacKenzie, editor of The Sun from 1981 to 1994, told ITV News that Margaret Thatcher "had an umbilical cord in difficult times to the voter".
He added: "We don't have leaders like that at the moment. It might be a different time. She was a sensation and her Thatcherite legacy will be something that will haunt the Conservative Party for decades to come."
Downing Street has confirmed that Baroness Margaret Thatcher will be given a Ceremonial funeral:
Downing Street can announce that, with The Queen's consent, Lady Thatcher will receive a Ceremonial funeral with military honours. The service will be held at St Paul's Cathedral. A wide and diverse range of people and groups with connections to Lady Thatcher will be invited.
The service will be followed by a private cremation. All the arrangements being put in place are in line with wishes of Lady Thatcher's family. Further details will be published over the coming days.
Anne Widdecombe, former Conservative minister, told ITV News: "She was a very, very determined lady and a great legacy for women because there is an entire generation that, from the time they were five-years-old until the time that they had their first vote, knew nothing except a woman in charge."