AMs to pay tribute to Mandela

Nelson Mandela will be honoured later when Assembly Members hold a minute's silence at the Senedd. The former South African President died last week.

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Assembly pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

Senedd flags at half mast for Nelson Mandela
Senedd flags at half mast for Nelson Mandela Credit: ITV News, Adrian Masters

Assembly Members will observe a minute's silence in the Senedd and be given time to pay tributes to Nelson Mandela. The Assembly's plenary session will begin earlier than usual in order to accomodate the tribute session. MPs paid their tributes in the Commons on Monday.

Flags outside the Senedd will again be flown at half mast and a book of condolence has also been opened for AMs and members of the public to record their own tributes.

Nelson Mandela Book of Condolence, Senedd
Nelson Mandela Book of Condolence, Senedd Credit: National Assembly for Wales

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Charles: World will be a poorer place without Mandela

Prince Charles said he has "nothing but the happiest and fondest memories" of Nelson Mandela and that the world "will be a poorer place without him".

The Prince of Wales smiled as he recalled meeting Mandela in South Africa with the Spice Girls, which he said was "very enjoyable".

"We owe him an enormous debt of gratitude for what he's managed to achieve in his life", he added.

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Senedd pays tribute to Nelson Mandela

A minute's silence will be observed in the National Assembly and AMs will be able to pay tributes to Nelson Mandela when they meet again on Tuesday.

A book of condolence has also been opened in the Senedd.

Nelson Mandela Book of Condolence, Senedd
A Nelson Mandela Book of Condolence has been opened at the Senedd Credit: National Assembly for Wales

Flags have been lowered to half-mast outside the Senedd today and will be lowered again on the day of Nelson Mandela's funeral - Sunday 15th December.

Flags at half-mast, Senedd
Flags fly at at half-mast outside the Senedd Credit: ITV News / Adrian Masters

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Former head: Why children should look to Mandela

Betty Campbell, from Cardiff, was Wales' first black headteacher and an anti-apartheid campaigner.

She told ITV News how meeting Nelson Mandela influenced not only her personal life, but also her professional one.

Betty said: "What a great man he was during his lifetime. I know there's a lot being said about him on the worldwide stage, but I don't think people realise the affect he had on ordinary people in the street; on children in school.

"Look at what he went through - but he still came out on top. I think if that philosophy can be embedded in our kids, then most of them should do very well in life."

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