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Amanda Thatcher, Highland Park Grad and the Late Prime Minister's Granddaughter, is the Darling of the British Press

In the wake of Margaret Thatcher's death last week, the Morning News took the opportunity to plumb its archives to remind us of the British prime minister's surprisingly strong ties to Dallas. She was something of a regular here, making frequent trips to Highland Park to visit her son Mark and her two grandkids.

The British media is currently fawning over one of them, 19-year-old Amanda Thatcher, a product of Highland Park High School. She delivered a reportedly moving tribute at her grandmother's funeral today, quoting a decidedly Thatcher-esque passage from Ephesians that speaks of the struggle "against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

The Guardian says she spoke with a "Texan twang," though, given her Highland Park upbringing, the Daily Mail's "pronounced American accent" is probably a fairer description.

Either way, her delivery and her poise in front of the British elite, the Queen included, and millions of television viewers, was universally hailed, on both sides of the pond.

The pieces don't dwell much on Thatcher's past, other than to note that she's now a freshman at the University of Richmond, where she runs track and that, according to the Independent, she was named "most likely to change the world" by her Highland Park classmates. For now, though, she seems content to just get back to being a college kid.

If you're curious, here's the video, courtesy of the Telegraph:

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