Three ex-PMs to join Cameron at Mandela memorial

Three previous Prime Ministers - Sir John Major, Tony Blair and Gordon Brown - are to join current PM David Cameron at the memorial ceremony for Nelson Mandela in South Africa tomorrow, Downing Street said.

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David Cameron to attend memorial service for Mandela

David Cameron will attend a memorial service for Nelson Mandela on Tuesday. Credit: PA Wire

David Cameron has confirmed that he will attend a memorial service for the former South African president Nelson Mandela in South Africa on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister wrote on Twitter: "I'll be at the memorial service in South Africa on Tuesday to commemorate the great man. #RIPMandela."

Prince Charles to represent Queen at Mandela's funeral

The Prince of Wales will represent the Queen at Nelson Mandela's funeral next week. Credit: PA Wire

The Queen will be represented by the Prince of Wales at Nelson Mandela's funeral in South Africa on December 15, Buckingham Palace confirmed today.

Prince Charles and Prince Harry visited South Africa in 1997 and met Mr Mandela at his home in Pretoria.

The previous year, Charles had hosted Mr Mandela on a visit to Brixton during his first state visit to the UK.

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Queen 'to miss Nelson Mandela's funeral'

The Queen has decided not to attend the funeral of Nelson Mandela as she reduces her long-haul travelling.

The Prince of Wales is expected to travel to South Africa to represent the Monarch at memorial events next week, The Sunday Times (£) reports.

The Queen will not be attending Nelson Mandela's funeral next week. Credit: Reuters

The former South African president died on Thursday evening at the age of 95 at his Johannesburg home following a long illness.

The Queen said she was "deeply saddened" by Nelson Mandela's death, paying tribute to the legacy he left behind for South Africa.

Irish anti-apartheid strikers to attend Mandela's funeral

Irish supermarket workers who went on strike for almost three years over the import of goods from apartheid South Africa are set to attend Nelson Mandela's funeral.

Mary Manning (right) kneels next to a plaque commemorating the strike Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Trade unions are trying to organise transport for some of those who took part in the high-profile picket at Dunnes Stores in Dublin in the 1980s.

The action was triggered in 1984 when 21-year-old cashier Mary Manning was suspended for refusing to handle goods bought from South Africa.

One of the longest strikes in trade union history only ended when the Irish Government agreed to ban the import of South African fruit and vegetables until the apartheid regime was over.

Mr Mandela met the strike workers during a visit to Dublin in the early 1990s.

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Obama phones Mandela's widow to express sadness

Barack Obama has spoken to Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel on the phone to express condolences over the death of the former South African president at the age of 95.

The US President and first lady Michelle Obama are due to visit South Africa next week to participate in memorial events.

Graca Machel pictured with her late husband Nelson Mandela. Credit: Reuters

In a statement the White House said: "The President thanked Mrs Machel for the profound influence that Nelson Mandela has had on him, and underscored the power of President Mandela’s example for the people of South Africa and the entire world.

"President Obama expressed gratitude and thanks for the joy that Graça Machel brought to Nelson Mandela’s life, and the commitment to a peaceful, fair, and loving world that she and President Mandela shared."

Bill Clinton: Mandela 'knew his ability to inspire people'

Nelson Mandela 'knew his ability to inspire people' the former US president Bill Clinton said in an interview for US television.

Bill Clinton was speaking to the NBC News.

Mr Clinton said: "He was a very, very effective president and he knew his ability to inspire people around the world, would only endure, if he could prove that there was not only freedom and forgiveness, but that it worked better for society that when people worked together, good things happen."

Mr Clinton was interviewed by Brian Williams for NBC News.

Call for world to celebrate the loss of Mandela the icon

A successor President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma, called upon the world to celebrate the loss of Nelson Mandela - 'an international icon'. A memorial service will be held in Soweto next week; he will lie in state before a state funeral, next weekend.

It will be attended by world leaders, more of whom offered their praises today. But, in South Africa and around the world, the grief and gratitude of ordinary people too, poured out - some had met him; all felt he had touched their lives and changed their world.

From outside Mandela's Johannesburg home, ITV's Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo reports:

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