MAGGIE & SHAH: Margaret Thatcher visits Shah of Iran (1978)


MAGGIE & SHAH: Margaret Thatcher visits Shah of Iran (1978)
by Darius Kadivar

Prior to her triumphant election as Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher as conservative party candidate, was to tour the Middle East and particularly Iran and Egypt. Thatcher is said to have been a staunch supporter of the Shah at the time of the révolution and had hoped to offer assylum to the Iranian Monarch prior to entering office. To her dismay she was advised not to by the Foreign Office. (Source:


BBC looks back at Thatcher’s relation with the Shah:


Thatcher visits Anwar Sadat and then Vice President Mubarak:









Thatcher Election in 1979:

Lady Thatcher discusses her pivotal election victory of 1979 and the now infamous first words she made to the nation as Prime Minister.



ITV’s Peter Snow interviews Shah of Iran (1978) :

Shah of Iran is interviewed in Tehran and, discusses in English, the British sale of arms to Iran, international relations, the power of the Shah, and the case of Russia. (Video Courtesy : frauenatz)









Official Trailer of the Iron Lady:

Starring: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Alexandra Roach, Olivia Colman and Anthony Head

A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher (Meryl Streep), the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.


Related Blog :

PREMIERSHIP: Margaret Thatcher On Iran Air Flight to visit the Shah (1978)

Related Premiership Blogs :

PREMIERSHIP: Shah Names New Cabinet with Jamshid Amouzegar as PM (1977)

PREMIERSHIP: General Gholam Reza Azhari meets the Foreign Press (1978)

PREMIERSHIP: Amir Abbas Hoveyda inspects Paris Subway (1976)

Other related Blogs :

Crown Prince Reza and followers in London (1989)

LONDON CALLING (1970-2001) : Googoosh Performs For Iranians in Swinging London

DIAMOND JUBILEE ALBUM: Shah, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret at Ascot (1972)

DIAMOND JUBILEE ALBUM: Crown Prince Reza and Queen Elizabeth at Ascot (1975)

DIAMOND JUBILEE ALBUM: Shahbanou Farah Visits Hampton Court & Windsor Castle (1976)

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Thatcher's suits go under hammer Christie's

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Thatcher's suits go under hammer (bbc)


A set of outfits worn by Margaret Thatcher in the 1970s are to be auctioned at Christie's on Monday.

The suits, all of which were worn by the former prime minister in the early part of her career, are thought to be the first of Lady Thatcher's clothes to be sold at a public auction.

A handbag carried by her when meeting US President Ronald Reagan raised £25,000 at a charity auction last year.

The seven outfits are being sold by a private collector.

The sale is taking place at Christie's as part of its "London Sale", a one-off themed auction being held to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and London 2012.





Thank you for another great blog Darius jaan

by anglophile on

That most interesting interview with some of Mrs Thacher's ministers (sorry FA jaan but Maggie and I are close and personal) reveals one important distiction between the conservative party and the labour party: the former still values this most forgotten symbol of pride called "honour" whereas the latter has long buried and forgotten it. Margareth Thacher is a woman of honur and she showed it many times during her premiership as in her standing behind General Pinochet when he was visitng London in 1998.


Aslo not to forget another man of honour: Michael Hesletine 


Thanks again. 

Darius Kadivar

Not at the time she wasn't ...

by Darius Kadivar on

My Dear Fellow She got her well deserved title 'Lady' and confered the Order of the Garter AFTER her Premiership not prior ...


UK - Margaret Thatcher At Order of The Garter Service - 42 - Corbis


You see my dear fellow contrary to your egalitarian world Monarchies honor their subjects upon merit which explains that people from across the social, religious, ethnic and ideological spectrum of society can qualify at some point with the title "sir" or "lady" even if they are not made of aristocratic stock !



Roger Moore Knighted - E! Online



BBC News | SCOTLAND | Sir Sean's pride at knighthood



Ronnie Corbett honoured by Queen with CBE - YouTube


CNN - Beatle McCartney knighted Sir Paul by queen - Mar. 11, 1997



We were going in that right direction too were it not for your silly and counterproductive Mostazaf 'Devolution'


KNIGHTHOOD: Shah Pins Medal on Young Boy (1973)

First Amendment


by First Amendment on

Those of us who are picky on the proper usage of names and titles should act as role models for those who don't care for such matters...She is Lady Thatcher, or even better Baroness Thatcher who will receive a state funeral whenever her last earthly day comes around......Maggie sounds more suitable for His Majesty's Certified Massage Therapist in charge of His stiff muscles.

Speaking of funeral, I was expecting a blog on Andrew Sarris from you.........