Margaret Thatcher threatened to scrap a visit to Ireland because it was being "unfriendly" about the Falklands War, new records reveal.
Falklands residents say they owe their freedom and their riches to Margaret Thatcher. Today they paused to reflect and to remember.
All three Armed Services are to play a role Baroness Thatcher's funeral with particular reference to the Falklands conflict.
A hand-written note by Baroness Thatcher gives some hints about how she grappled with her response to the Duke of York's deployment as part of the Falklands task force.
The note, prepared after April 2, 1982, possibly in preparation for a speech or press conference, shows that the Prime Minister settled on a brief but broadly supportive position.
"If asked about Prince Andrew it is the express wish of The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, and of [Prince Andrew himself, that if the Invincible sails he sails with her," she wrote.However, this is followed by several sentences obscured by felt tip.
The deleted passage begins "I should not withhold consent".This itself has been amended to "I cannot withhold consent" before again being crossed out.The words which follow are difficult to decipher but end: "our courage are priceless assets which our Royal Family has (sic) themselves in abundance."
Lady Thatcher prepared the note for her own consumption and at that time had no reason to believe it would ever be made public.It is not therefore thought the crossing out represented any significant change of heart, simply her desire to ensure she delivered the correct message.
Prime Minister David Cameron has said Pope Francis was wrong when he said last year Britain had "usurped" the Falkland Islands from Argentina.
Mr Cameron said the recent pro-British result of the referendum on the Islands' future had sent "a message to everyone in the world", including the former archbishop of Buenos Aires.
"I disagree with him, respectfully," he said in reference to the new pope, joking: "The white smoke over the Falklands was pretty clear."
Pope Francis once told Argentine veterans that those who were killed in the Falkland Islands conflict were "reclaiming what is theirs" and branded Britain as "usurpers", according to the Daily Telegraph.
Jorge Bergoglio, the then Buenos Aires Cardinal, told a Mass on April 2 last year: "We come to pray for those who have fallen, sons of the homeland who set out to defend his mother, the homeland, to claim the country that is theirs and they were usurped.
He added: "Many young people were there and could not return.
"Others returned but none could forget. Many scars, many families destroyed by permanent absence or a return cut short. The country needs to remember them all."
Following the Falklands referendum results, a poll on the website of the South China Morning Post currently shows that 90% of those who voted believe that Hong Kong residents would vote for return to being British overseas territory, given the opportunity.
The result of a referendum on whether Falkland Islanders wish to remain British was no surprise, and neither was Argentina's decision to ignore it.
Almost everyone who was able to vote did so, and overwhelmingly in favour of keeping the Falkland Islands part of the British territories.
ITV News International Editor Bill Neely reports from Port Stanley:
David Cameron's Office tweeted a picture of the Prime Minister congratulating the Chair of Falklands Legislative Assembly, Gavin Short by phone. Mr Cameron said he was "delighted" that the message from the Falklands was clear, that they are "British through and through".
Nigel Haywood, Governor of the Falkland Islands told ITV News that, "this is a very bright, very lively place with a lot of optimism about he future for the economy of the Islands and the future of the Islands."
Speaking about the Government's response to the poll Mr Haywood said;
"I think the Islanders have never been in any doubt about the strength of support in Britain for the Falkland Islands.
"The Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary have made that very clear. But it's been very reassuring to have such an immediate response today to the results and that will help the confidence and the optimism of the Islanders for the future."
– Douglas Alexander, Shadow foreign secretary
The Falkland islanders have resisted overt and unhelpful pressure from the Argentinean government in the run-up to this referendum.
However, they have now had the chance to put their views about their sovereignty firmly on the record.
This referendum was a democratic process, overseen by international observers and has now made clear, once and for all, the view of the islanders.
David Cameron has said that he is 'delighted with the Falkland Island result.'
The Prime Minister said, "it's the clearest possible result. The Falklands may be thousands of miles away but they are British through and through. We're there to defend them."
As 99.8% of Falkland Islanders voted in favour of remaining a UK territory, the Guardian's Latin America Correspondent Jonathan Watts said the three people who voted against "would never admit it":
I asked one islander tonight who the Falklands Three (those who didn't vote for UK rule) might be. "No-one will ever admit it," he replied.
A total of 1,517 valid votes were cast, meaning that 92% of the islanders eligible to vote took part.