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Margaret Thatcher grandchildren: Amanda, 19, voted 'most likely to change the world' by peers

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  • Michael Thatcher is carrying on family tradition by working behind counter
  • Sister Amanda was voted most likely to 'change the world' by peers
  • The pair will be travelling back to London for their grandmother's funeral

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 14:03 EST, 12 April 2013 | UPDATED: 05:45 EST, 13 April 2013

The tradition began 100 years ago in Grantham, but 5,000 miles away in the US, the only grandson of Baroness Thatcher continues to uphold his proud heritage.

Much like his great-grandfather Alfred Roberts, former high school American football star Michael Thatcher works long hours behind a counter.

The 24-year-old committed Christian and conservative, who graduated from Texas A&M University in chemistry, the same subject Baroness Thatcher studied at Oxford, works at a store and pharmacy in Texas, handing out prescriptions as well as snacks and cosmetics, according to The Telegraph.

Siblings: Michael (left) and Amanda Thatcher (right) are carrying on some of their family's proud traditions

Family: Former Prime Minister Lady Thatcher is comforted by her grandson Michael, granddaughter Amanda and daughter Carol (far right) outside the memorial service of her late husband, Sir Denis Thatcher, in 2003

Family: Former Prime Minister Lady Thatcher is comforted by her grandson Michael, granddaughter Amanda and daughter Carol (far right) outside the memorial service of her late husband, Sir Denis Thatcher, in 2003

He has however also previously worked for a Republican-aligned political group that aims to 'educate and empower the Hispanic community with conservative values'.

Meanwhile, his 19-year-old sister Amanda, who is studying at university in Richmond, Virginia, also appears to have inherited some of the traits of her famous grandmother - she was voted most likely to 'change the world' by her peers when she graduated from school last year.

The pair will be travelling to London for their grandmother's funeral next week from their home in Dallas, where they live with their mother Diane Beckett, the ex-wife of Mark Thatcher.

A friend of the siblings told The Telegraph: 'They're grieving, but they are also very moved by all the outpouring of emotion around the world.'

The pair seem to have inherited a love of sport from their late grandfather, Sir Denis Thatcher.

Michael became a successful high school America football player after picking up the sport when he moved to Dallas in 2004. In 2007 he helped his high school team into the Texas state finals.

At the age of 18, he took a brilliant diving catch from a looping 48-yard pass in front of 10,000 fans.

Achievement: Michael (left) and Amanda (right) appear to have inherited a love of sport from their late grandfather, Sir Denis Thatcher

The dramatic moment was broadcast live on TV and one excited commentator exclaimed: 'Wow! Can the guy run, can he catch, can he do everything?'

A former colleague of his said: 'Michael has always been very discreet and prudent, but he stands strong on his conservative values.

'He's friendly and respectful, and never used the Thatcher name to get ahead.'

Amanda meanwhile is said to be an excellent runner. She was captain of the girls' track team, sang in the choir and, according to a friend, continues to enjoy horse-riding.

Although Lady Thatcher appeared to have little interest in sport, her husband Denis was a rugby referee and a keen golfer.

Success: Michael became a successful high school America football player after picking up the sport when he moved to Dallas in 2004


 

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