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Friday, 22 March, 2002, 15:58 GMT
In pictures: Years of power
Margaret Thatcher is stepping back from public life due to illness.

Here are some key images from her time in power and the decade since she left stepped down as prime minister.

Margaret Thatcher leaves 10 Downing Street
Brave face: Leaving 10 Downing Street on the day of her resignation

PM John Major and Margaret Thatcher
A year later: With new PM John Major at the Conservative Party Conference in 1991

thatcher and MAjor
Face to face again: Margaret Thatcher and her successor John Major in 1999

Heath and Thatcher
Old rivals: Former Conservative Prime Ministers Sir Edward Heath and Baroness Thatcher ignore each other

Thatcher and Hague
Before they were really famous: Meeting a young William Hague at a party conference in 1977

 Baroness Thatcher with  Conservative Party leader William Hague
Still in the wings: Supporting Conservative Party leader William Hague in 1999

Maragret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan
Hands across the sea: Chatting with former US President Ronald Reagan in 1990

Thatcher
Forty winks: Baroness Thatcher famously only needed four hours sleep a night when she was prime minister
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