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Revealed: Mandela and Winehouse shared joke

Amy Winehouse performs at Glastonbury in 2007 Credit: Reuters

Nelson Mandela had a soft spot for London singer Amy Winehouse after a quip she made about his time in prison - former prime minister Gordon Brown has revealed.

The ex-Labour leader said the pair met at former South African president Mr Mandela's 90th birthday party, at which singer Winehouse made a joke comparing the anti-apartheid campaigner to her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil.

In an interview with the Guardian's G2 magazine, Mr Brown said: "The person he (Mr Mandela) most liked was Amy Winehouse.

"She said to him: 'You and my husband have a lot in common'. "He said, 'Oh, what is that?' "She said, 'You've both spent a long time in prison'."

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People dance and sing as they wait to sign the condolence book

People dance and sing while waiting to sign the book of condolence at South Africa House Credit: Laura Lean/PA Wire/Press Association Images

There is a growing celebratory atmosphere at South Africa House in Trafalgar Square today. A strong smell of incense fills the air as crowds remember Mr Mandela with a constant flow of song and dance.

The shrine and the group are the focus of photographers, broadcasters, reporters, intrigued passers-by, and passengers on the top deck of passing buses.

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Queen tells how William and Catherine heard news at film premiere

The Queen visited a plaque commemorating Nelson Mandela's 1996 visit to Parliament after saying she was "deeply saddened" to learn of his death.

She was heard telling Commons Speaker John Bercow how 'William and Catherine' heard the news at the premiere of the film about the former South African President's life; Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.

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