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Nelson Mandela's coffin, which is draped in the South African flag, has arrived at the Union Buildings in the country's capital Pretoria, where the anti-apartheid leader will lie in state.
As Nelson Mandela's coffin was driven through the streets of Pretoria towards the nearby Union Buildings, people sang "Viva Mandela".
Mourners sang and threw flowers as Nelson Mandela's coffin was driven out of the military hospital in Pretoria en route to the Union Buildings, where the former South African President's body will lie in state for the next three days.
The former South African president's body will be viewed by citizens and selected international visitors and guests.
People have gathered outside the military hospital in Pretoria to see Nelson Mandela's coffin taken to the nearby Union Buildings, where his body will lie in state for three days.
Officials have invited mourners to line the route. Meanwhile a public memorial service in London today will remember the life of the anti-apartheid leader.
The service will be held at St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square from 10.30am at the request of the South African High Commission, feet away from the church.
Police form a guard of honour along the route Nelson Mandela'sbody will travel down. Police Officers plan to stand shoulder to shoulder for around 2.5km, forming a guard of honour.
Daybreak's Chief Correspondent Richard Gaisford has tweeted this photograph of police activity ahead of the procession of Nelson Mandela's coffin to the Union Buildings, where his body will lie in state for three days.
The body of Nelson Mandela is to be taken in procession to the Union Buildings in Pretoria this morning where it will lie in state for three days.
Each day the body of the former South African president will be transported from 1 Military Hospital to the seat of the country's government, where it will be viewed by citizens and selected international visitors and guests.