Queen Elizabeth ‘deeply saddened’ by Mandela’s death

PM Brown: ‘A great light has gone out in the world’

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By Sanna Camara

“I was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Nelson Mandela last night. ”This is how Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom reacted to the death of Nelson Mandela.

The Queen said Mandela “worked tirelessly for the good of his country; and his legacy is the peaceful South Africa we see today.

She added: “I remember with great warmth my meetings with Mr. Mandela and I send my sincere condolences to his family and the people of South Africa at this very sad time.” 

UK Prime Minister David Cameron, also reacted thus:

“A great light has gone out in the world. Nelson Mandela was a towering figure in our time; a legend in life and now in death – a true global hero.”

Mr. Brown added: Across the country he loved they will be mourning a man who was the embodiment of grace.  Meeting him was one of the great honours of my life.  My heart goes out to his family – and to all in South Africa and around the world whose lives were changed through his courage.”

Prince William and Princess Catherine who were at the UK film premiere of ‘Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom’  in London with Mr Mandela’s daughter Zindzi Mandela when the death was announced, have spoken of their sadness at the death of Nelson Mandela.  

According to a dispatch from the British High Commission in Banjul, lowers and tributes have started to gather at the Nelson Mandela statue in Parliament Square and at the site of the South African High Commission, Trafalgar Square, in London. 

The UK has one of the largest South African expatriate populations in the world. 

The British Embassy in Banjul will today be flying its flag at half-mast in memory of Nelson Mandela, the dispatch said. 

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