Mandela: Queen Elizabeth 'deeply saddened'

2013-12-06 11:45

London - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II said on Friday she was "deeply saddened" by the death of Nelson Mandela, adding that he had "worked tirelessly for the good of his country".

"The Queen was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Nelson Mandela last night. He worked tirelessly for the good of his country, and his legacy is the peaceful South Africa we see today," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

"Her Majesty remembers with great warmth her meetings with Mr Mandela and sends her sincere condolences to his family and the people of South Africa at this very sad time."

Prince Charles also paid tribute to the iconic anti-apartheid fighter, describing him as an "inspired leader and a great man".

"Mr Mandela was the embodiment of courage and reconciliation. He was also a man of great humour and had a real zest for life," he said.

"With his passing, there will be an immense void not only in his family's lives, but also in those of all South Africans and the many others whose lives have been changed through his fight for peace, justice and freedom.

"The world has lost an inspired leader and a great man. My family and I are profoundly saddened and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

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  • Jabulani Stephens - 2013-12-06 12:13

    We thank you Queen, will keep him in our hearts

  • Paul Miyano M - 2013-12-06 12:17

    The great light has gone out of the surface of the earth. An inspire man of the 20th century,his legacy is unforgotten. my sympathy to the Mandela family

      Ann Ornelas - 2013-12-06 12:27

      You are right Paul, Tata was indeed our beacon in the storm. RIP Tata Madiba and sincerest condolences to the Mandela family and especially to Graca.

  • hannahjhd - 2013-12-06 14:28

    Nelson Mandela enjoyed visiting the UK and visited many times in his life. Britain gave a sanctuary to many SA exiles who we're trying to overthrow the apartheid regime. As much as you would like to blame her, the queen was not his oppressor. The UK was hugely involved in the sanctions which took economic power from the government and helped to influence the need for change. Go look it up and you will also discover that there were massive protests and gatherings in support of Mandela which happened thousands of miles north of SA. The hatred you hold in your heart is not in the spirit of Mandela.

      hannahjhd - 2013-12-06 14:30

      (In response to the

      hannahjhd - 2013-12-06 14:31

      (In response to the previous baselessly negative comments)

      hannahjhd - 2013-12-06 14:46

      I suggest that probably the oppressive woman you may be thinking of is Margaret Thatcher, who in her government time would not support sanctions. Probably the most controversial leader Britain has had.

  • Paul Ryan - 2013-12-06 16:00

    Yes, Mandela went to London in 1962 to drum up international support, despite him being banned from international travel. When he walked around Parliament Square he said he thought to himself "I wonder if there will ever be a statue of a Black person here". Nelson Mandela's Statue today sits at Parliament Square.

  • Anwar Abdul Gany - 2013-12-06 16:25

    IN A SNAPSHOT - MANDELA…….When Almighty God informed the Angels that he was going to create mankind…. they responded in the negative knowing well what havoc mankind will bring to this Earth. Almighty God responded he knows best and indeed he does. Hence today, Our Lord, the Almighty God looks down and says I gave the world Prophets and they moved seas, mountains.....and introduced my great religions. And then I gave the world Madiba and he moved the World……..and introduced compassion, humanity, forgiveness, tolerance and acceptance of all things good. Indeed I know best. I can imagine the reception party in Almighty Gods Glorious Heavens…….Vuyo Mbuli will be the reception MC, Brenda Fassie will be singing some sweet tunes, Ma Sisulu will put out a gourmet spread and all the past elders of the ANC and the ancestors will stand in great attendance in awe of the Greatest Human being to have walked this Earth. The light of Madiba has not gone off, it has risen to encompass the galaxy with a far larger illumine, look out tonight and forever into the future and be rest assured that the brightest twinkling star up in the Heavens is Madiba guiding us onto a righteous path……… we live on and so too will many Generations to come. We love you Madiba. Anwar Abdul Gany

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