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Prince Harry to represent The Queen at service to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s life

Prince Harry will represent The Queen at a service to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela’s life.

Clarence House has confirmed the young royal will attend the National Service of Thanksgiving to mark the late South African president’s life, on Monday 3 March at Westminster Abbey.

The service, which will be broadcasted by the BBC, will also include an address by The Most Reverend Desmond Tutu.

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In December, the iconic leader passed away after a long battle with his health. Prince Charles joined dignities and celebrities from around the world as he travelled to South Africa to represent Britain and the Royal Family.

In a statement released after his death, the Prince of Wales honoured the former leader’s dedication and “zest for life”.

“Mr Mandela was the embodiment of courage and reconciliation,” Charles said in a statement. “He was also a man of great humour and had a real zest for life. With his passing, there will be an immense void not only in his family’s lives, but also in those of all South Africans.

“The world has lost an inspired leader and a great man. My family and I are profoundly saddened and our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

Her Majesty also released a statement shortly after Mandela’s death, recalling the “great warmth” of her meetings with Mr Mandela, of who called Elizabeth a “dear friend”.

“The Queen was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Nelson Mandela last night. He worked tirelessly for the good of his country, and his legacy is the peaceful South Africa we see today,” the statement read.

“Her Majesty remembers with great warmth her meetings with Mr Mandela and sends her sincere condolences to his family and the people of South Africa at this very sad time.”

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