Thousands of members of the public and the armed forces lined the funeral procession route through London.
When historians look back at the Thatcher years, they will note: the savage battle over the economy in the early 1980s, the victory in the Falklands in 1982, the bitter struggle with the miners in 1984-85, the deregulation of the City in 1986, the disastrous introduction of the poll tax, and the high drama of her resignation in 1990.
When Margaret Thatcher first joined the cabinet in 1970, the Wimpy hamburger chain still banned women from coming in late on their own on the bizarre grounds that only prostitutes would be out at that time of night.
Thatcher, who loathed feminism, came to embody the extraordinary expansion in the horizons of Britain's women, which was arguably the single biggest social change of the 20th Century.
But Baroness Thatcher was subject to the common destiny of all human beings, and therefore prone to illness. Even her great strength couldn't save her from Alzheimer's disease during the last years of her life.
Dementia is caused by brain diseases; the most common are Alzheimer's and vascular dementia. One in three people over 65 will develop dementia. However, for too long dementia has been kept in the shadows and families have been left to struggle alone. At this time, people should reflect on the impact dementia can have on a person’s life. By speaking openly about the effects of the condition, we will begin to tackle some of the stigma that still surrounds dementia and ensure that everyone gets support.
My own mother suffered from dementia. The condition went undiagnosed for many years—even I didn't recognize it when I visited her in Australia from England. I thought she was acting a bit weird. My sister and I laughed about her forgetting things. If only I could take back that unkind action.
Of course, I wonder if the same thing will happen to me. Perhaps, by writing, I'll keep my mind sharp. Do we know what will happen to us in the future? Would we want a crystal ball?