BARONESS Thatcher was said to be “in good spirits” last night as she recovered from minor surgery, but was expected to celebrate Christmas in hospital.
The 87-year-old former prime minister was operated on two days ago to remove a growth from her bladder after suffering pain earlier in the week.
A spokesman said: “Given her age, I don’t think she will be coming out for a few days.”
Lady Thatcher’s public appearances have been very restricted over recent years due to continued ill health.
She was unable to join the Queen for a Diamond Jubilee lunch with former and serving prime ministers this summer. In October she was sufficiently well, however, to mark her 87th birthday with lunch at a restaurant in London’s exclusive St James’s district with her son, Mark, and his wife.