Amanda Thatcher, Highland Park Grad and the Late Prime Minister's Granddaughter, is the Darling of the British Press

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In the wake of Margaret Thatcher's death last week, the Morning News took the opportunity to plumb its archives to remind us of the British prime minister's surprisingly strong ties to Dallas. She was something of a regular here, making frequent trips to Highland Park to visit her son Mark and her two grandkids.

The British media is currently fawning over one of them, 19-year-old Amanda Thatcher, a product of Highland Park High School. She delivered a reportedly moving tribute at her grandmother's funeral today, quoting a decidedly Thatcher-esque passage from Ephesians that speaks of the struggle "against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

The Guardian says she spoke with a "Texan twang," though, given her Highland Park upbringing, the Daily Mail's "pronounced American accent" is probably a fairer description.

Either way, her delivery and her poise in front of the British elite, the Queen included, and millions of television viewers, was universally hailed, on both sides of the pond.

The pieces don't dwell much on Thatcher's past, other than to note that she's now a freshman at the University of Richmond, where she runs track and that, according to the Independent, she was named "most likely to change the world" by her Highland Park classmates. For now, though, she seems content to just get back to being a college kid.

If you're curious, here's the video, courtesy of the Telegraph:

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Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

I hope the young lady has no traits of the grandmother, the Iron Maiden........ oh, excuse me, the Iron Lady.... 

usualsuspekt_99
usualsuspekt_99

The Iron Lady will be greatly missed and always remembered.  May she rest in peace.

Terri
Terri

This post would have appeared in Frontburner once upon a time when they had lots of traffic and their editors wanted to blog instead of feeling obligated to post.

GavinCleaver
GavinCleaver

Mark Thatcher, of trying to launch a coup in Equitorial Guinea fame, lives in Highland Park? Are you shitting me?

pak152
pak152

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz aren't you nice Myrna. turns out the granddaughter apparently has the same spine as her grandmother.

engmofo
engmofo

Godawful woman , should have been thrown in a dumpster with a gallon of gas

Lil_Bo_Snowden
Lil_Bo_Snowden

Lived on Versailles Ave across from the gazebo in the early 80s. Folks were scared then that the IRA was going to reach out and touch him in Big D. Of course Myra the kooky cat spinster would've loved that. Another display of liberal tolerance?

JQPeabody
JQPeabody

@GavinCleaver  

Nah, just his kids and first wife. It seems that he once lived there (or somewhere in Dallas) but left under a cloud, which seems to be a bit of habit. In fact, it appears he can no longer get an entry visa to the USA due to the coup incident you reference.

pak152
pak152

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @usualsuspekt_99 imagine where Britain would be today if not for Thatcher. lower than a 3rd world nation. she reversed its socialist course and showed people that anything was possible

Lil_Bo_Snowden
Lil_Bo_Snowden

Didn't know George Galloway was a DO poster. Bless your heart!

pooua
pooua

@engmofo @pak152 @Myrna.Minkoff-Katz @usualsuspekt_99 Mandela's then-wife was hanging automobile tires filled with gasoline around the necks of opponents and lighting them on fire. Despite the one-sided portrayal of the Mandela's in Western media, South Africa has only gone downhill quickly since the African National Congress (a group working with real, self-proclaimed, violent Communist revolutionaries) came to power.

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