Friends of Margaret Thatcher last night voiced their concern over the ex-Prime Minister’s growing frailty.
Baroness Thatcher turned down an invitation to the Royal Wedding because of her health and has made no public appearances for nearly two months.
The next event in her diary is the unveiling of a statue to her ally and close friend, former US President Ronald Reagan, in London on July 4.
But there are fears that she could also miss that. She suffers increasingly from memory loss after a number of strokes in recent years.
Lady Thatcher, 85, spent two weeks in hospital in November, said to be suffering from a ‘flu bug’. In fact, The Mail on Sunday can disclose that she had polymyalgia rheumatica, a syndrome which causes muscle inflammation in the neck and shoulders.
Friends say she was in severe pain for months and has only just fully recovered from it.
The Mail on Sunday has also learned that the Government will meet the full cost of a State funeral for Baroness Thatcher.
It will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral, at Lady Thatcher’s request, though it has not yet been decided if she will lie in state in Westminster Hall.
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