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Amanda Thatcher, Margaret Thatcher’s granddaughter, is a University of Richmond student (video)

Britain is buzzing today about Amanda Thatcher, the 19-year-old granddaughter who gave a compelling reading from St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians at former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s funeral this morning.

(Kirsty Wigglesworth / AP)

Our colleagues Anthony Faiola and Eliza Mackintosh report that she:

drew particular accolades for her composure as she read a New Testament verse that spoke to her grandmother’s strength: “We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Amanda and her older brother Michael are the children of Sir Mark Thatcher, the PM’s son who moved to Texas in the ’80s where he met first wife Diane Burgdorf. They split up in 2005, and she moved with the kids back home to Dallas.

Mark, Michael and Amanda Thatcher look on from the steps of St Paul’s Cathedral as the coffin is placed in the hearse after the funeral for Baroness Thatcher. (Dan Kitwood / Getty Images)

Michael graduated a few years ago from Texas A&M and now works in Dallas, according to the New York Daily News. And Amanda, who graduated from Dallas’s Highland Park High School last year, is now a freshman hurdler on the track team at University of Richmond, where her athletic bio seems to be getting a lot of Web traffic today.

Here’s why: She’s young, cute, well-spoken, and wore an amazing hat at the funeral. Video of Amanda Thatcher at the funeral courtesy of the UK Telegraph.

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