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.
From South Africa ITV News Presenter Mark Austin writes on what the future holds for the new, post-Mandela, Rainbow Nation.
The rugby captain whose handshake with Nelson Mandela came to define the progress of post-apartheid South Africa pays tribute to his idol.