Downing Street played down criticisms of David Cameron for posing for a selfie photograph during Nelson Mandela's memorial service yesterday.
Cameron was pictured with US President Obama and Danish Prime Minister Hell Thorning-Schmidt.
The picture immediately went viral, as many social media users felt the smily picture was inappropriate. The Prime Minister's spokesperson said:
I think what the PM would say about yesterday is it was very much a celebration of Nelson Mandela and his life and his achievements.
I am sure many of us were watching the pictures from it and I think it did come across, and rightly so, as a marking and a celebration of Mr Mandela's life. You had plenty of words from the Prime Minister and leaders from around the world that attest to that.
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