Time was when the Stones were seen as anti-establishment rebels and almost a threat to the national way of life.
But more than three decades in the industry, Mick Jagger and the band could hardly have a more official stamp of approval.
After spending time chatting with Jagger and Charlie Watts in her hotel suite in Hawaii a few weeks ago, Baroness Thatcher declared the Stones "a great British export".
Details of the meeting were confirmed yesterday by a spokeswoman for Lady Thatcher who said: "She was delighted to have them up to her hotel room during a visit to Hawaii where she was attending a conference." However, the spokeswoman could not confirm reports that Jagger and Watts had left the room converted Thatcherites. "You'll have to ask them about that," she said.