The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have formally paid their respects to Nelson Mandela
by signing his book of condolence.
William and Kate travelled to South Africa House in central London
to honour the anti-apartheid hero.
at the Odeon Leicester Square in London when news of
the former South African president's death broke.
The heartbroken daughters of Nelson Mandela were told of his death during
a glitzy red carpet film premiere in his honour.
Zindzi and Zenani Mandela had just met the cast and crew of the film about
their father’s extraordinary life when they took the phone call they had been dreading.
But they insisted to producers that the movie should not be interrupted and that guests,
including Prince William and Kate, should watch Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
to the end as planned.
So the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge sat through the Leicester Square premiere,
along with scores of Mandela’s friends and supporters and watched in
full the incredible life story of the iconic leader.
But as the film finished and the credits were rolling, producer Anant Singh,
who Mandela had trusted to begin making the biopic 16 years ago, got up on stage and
made the announcement.
It was the first the vast majority of the audience knew of Mandela’s death.