Honours of Margaret Thatcher

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Margaret Thatcher received numerous honours in recognition of her career in politics. These included a peerage, membership of the Order of the Garter and the Order of Merit, along with numerous other British and foreign honours. These included The King Abdul Aziz Order of Merit from Saudi Arabia in 1990.She was also honoured in Kuwait in 1991.

Life peerage[edit]

Margaret Thatcher was given a life peerage on her standing down from the House of Commons at the 1992 United Kingdom general election. This allowed her a seat in the House of Lords. She took the title Baroness Thatcher, of Kesteven in the County of Lincolnshire. She sat with the Conservative Party benches.

Coat of arms[edit]

As a member of the House of Lords with a life peerage,[1] Thatcher was entitled to use a personal coat of arms. A second coat of arms was created following her appointment as Lady Companion of the Order of the Garter (LG) in 1995.[2] Despite receiving her own arms, Thatcher sometimes used the Royal Arms instead of her own, contrary to protocol.[3]

Coat of arms of Margaret Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher
Coat of Arms of Margaret Thatcher, The Baroness Thatcher (1995–2013).svg
This achievement was used from 1995 to 2013, granted originally by the College of Arms in 1992 and was designed by the Garter King of Arms Sir Colin Cole. This version displays the circlet of the Order of the Garter. When she was appointed to the Order of the Garter in 1995 she was allowed to displayed a circlet of the order, she then used this new version until her death in 2013.
surmounted by a baron's coronet
On a lozenge per chevron azure and gules, a double key in chief between two lions combatant a tower with portcullis in base all or.
Dexter: An admiral of the fleet of the British Royal Navy; sinister: Sir Isaac Newton holding in his left hand weighing scales, both proper.
  • Garter ribbon
  • Merit ribbon with Cross pendant
    — French for "Shame be to him who thinks evil of it."
Garter Banner of Baroness Thatcher.svg The banner of Margaret Thatcher's arms used as knight of the Garter at St George's Chapel.
The dexter supporter is an Admiral of the Royal Navy, to commemorate the victory of the Falklands War during her premiership. The sinister supporter is Sir Isaac Newton, to recognise her earlier career as a scientist. The key and the two royal lions of England represents her tenure as Prime Minister and First Lord of the Treasury. The tower and portcullis represents her time at the Palace of Westminster as Member of Parliament. She bore this achievement on a lozenge (as is traditional for a woman), surrounded by the circlet of the Order of the Garter (in which she was appointed in 1995); below hangs the ribbon and insignia of the Order of Merit (in which she was appointed in 1990).[4]
Previous versions
Coat of Arms of Margaret Thatcher, The Baroness Thatcher (1992–1995).svg
Coat of Arms of Margaret Thatcher, The Baroness Thatcher (1995–2013) (Variant).svg
Escutcheon: 1995–2013

Commonwealth honours[edit]

Commonwealth realms
Country Date Appointment Post-nominal letters
 United Kingdom 1970 – 8 April 2013 Member of Her Majesty's Most Honourable Privy Council PC
Commonwealth realms 7 December 1990 – 8 April 2013 Order of Merit OM[5]
 United Kingdom 1 July 1991 – 8 April 2013 Dame of Justice of the Order of St John D.StJ[6]
 United Kingdom 25 April 1995 – 8 April 2013 Lady Companion of the Order of the Garter LG[7]

Foreign honours[edit]

Country Date Appointment Ref.
 United States 7 March 1991 Presidential Medal of Freedom [8]
South Africa South Africa 15 May 1991 Grand Cross of the Order of Good Hope [9]
 Japan 24 May 1995 Grand Cordon of the Order of the Precious Crown [10]
Croatia Croatia 18 September 1998 Grand Order of King Dimitar Zvonimir
Czech Republic Czech Republic 17 November 1999 Order of the White Lion, First Class
Kingdom of the Two Sicilies House of Bourbon 14 November 2003 Dame Grand Cross of the Royal Order of Francis I Awarded on behalf of the Catholic Church by the House of Bourbon-Two Sicilies [11]

Other distinctions[edit]


University degrees
Location Date School Degree
 England 1947 Somerville College, Oxford Second-Class Honours Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Chemistry
Chancellor, visitor, governor, rector, and fellowships
Location Date School Position
 England 1970 – 8 April 2013 Somerville College, Oxford Honorary Fellow[12]
 Virginia 1993–2000 College of William and Mary Chancellor[13]
Honorary degrees
Location Date School Degree
 District of Columbia 27 February 1981 Georgetown University Doctor of Laws (LL.D)[14]
 England 1986 University of Buckingham Doctor of Laws (LL.D)[15]
 Israel 17 November 1992 Weizmann Institute of Science Doctorate[16]
 Utah 5 March 1996 Brigham Young University Doctor of Public Service (DPS)[17]
 Virginia 2000 College of William and Mary Doctor of Laws (LL.D)[18]
 California 2008 Pepperdine University Doctorate[19]

Memberships and fellowships[edit]

Location Date Organisation Position
 United Kingdom 1975 – 8 April 2013 Carlton Club Honorary Member
 United Kingdom 24 October 1979 – 15 May 1980 Royal Institute of Chemistry Honorary Fellow (Hon FRIC)[20]
 United Kingdom 15 May 1980 – 8 April 2013 Royal Society of Chemistry Honorary Fellow (Hon FRSC)
 United Kingdom 1 July 1983 – 8 April 2013 Royal Society Fellow (FRS)[21]
 England 9 November 1983 – 8 April 2013 Gray's Inn Honorary Bencher[22]
 Ontario 18 June 1988 – 8 April 2013 Law Society of Upper Canada Honorary Bencher[23]
 United States 2006 – 8 April 2013 The Heritage Foundation Patron

Freedom of the City[edit]


Location Date Organisation Award
 Virginia 28 February 1981 OSS Society William J. Donovan Award [32]
 California 27 October 1998 Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation Ronald Reagan Freedom Award [33]

Places named after Thatcher[edit]


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