Iron Lady returns to No 10

2009-11-23 17:01

London - Former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is returning to London's Downing Street for good - in the form of a portrait installed at the country's official leader's residence.

Thatcher, the British leader from 1979 to 1990, will join Prime Minister Gordon Brown and David Cameron, a successor to Thatcher as Conservative Party leader, at Downing Street on Monday to unveil the work.

Brown's spokesperson Simon Lewis says artist Richard Stone's painting will be displayed in a first floor lobby.

Thatcher is the first living lawmaker to be honoured with a portrait at Downing Street.

Photographs of all modern prime ministers line the residence's main staircase, but only two ex-leaders have portraits on display: Winston Churchill and David Lloyd George.