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In pictures: Sir Denis Thatcher
Baroness Thatcher and her husband Sir Denis at Churchill College, October 30, 2002
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Sir Denis Thatcher, who has died aged 88, was a successful businessman before finding fame as Margaret Thatcher's consort
Denis and Margaret Thatcher at their at Wesleys Chapel, in London, December 13, 1951
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Denis, then 36, married 26-year-old Margaret Roberts in London in December 1951
Margaret Thatcher and her husband Denis decorate their new flat in the grounds of the National Trusts Scotney Castle in Kent, 1975
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Lady Thatcher paid tribute to Denis in her autobiography, saying he was a "fund of shrewd advice and penetrating comment"
Denis Thatcher patiently waits on the doorstep of No 10 Downing Street for his wife, Margaret, after becoming Britains new Prime Minister, May 4, 1979.
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Often seen in the background while his wife attracted the attention, his consorts' motto was "always present, never there"
Mark and Denis Thatcher
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A family reunion: In 1982 Mark Thatcher got lost in the Sahara while taking part in the Paris Dakar Rally
At a Conservative youth rally in London.
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The general election of 1983 saw Denis on the campaign trail once more
Denis Thatcher playing golf in 1985
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Denis was well known for his love of golf, and he often competed in charity events such as this one for a blind charity
Denis after receiving his first honorary degree from the University of Buckingham
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Denis celebrated his first honorary degree, from the University of Buckingham, in 2000
Sir Denis Thatcher leaving a clinic in January 2003 after a coronary by-pass operation
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A heart by-pass operation in January took its physical toll but he was said to have been in good spirits until the end






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