"The pale-gilt image of the triumphant Prime Minister"

The 'triumphant Prime Minister' is Margaret Thatcher, who led the Conservative Party to victory in the 1983 United Kingdom General Election.

Margaret Thatcher became Britain's first female prime minister after the 1979 General Election, when the Conservative party gained 339 seats against the combined opposition parties' 296 seats. The Conservative party won a second term of government under Mrs Thatcher in 1983 when they gained 397 seats.