Prince in tribute to Mandela at premiere

Published Friday, 06 December 2013
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have led tributes made to Nelson Mandela at the London premiere of a film inspired by the former South African leader's biography.

Prince in tribute to Mandela at premiere
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were attending the premiere when news broke. (© Getty)

Prince William and his wife Catherine were attending the Royal Film Performance of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on Thursday night when news broke that the iconic figure had passed away.

"We are just reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was and my thoughts and prayers are with him and his family right now," William said.

Idris Elba, who plays Nelson Mandela in the film, also said he was grieving the loss.

"I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the world and Madiba's family," the actor said.

"We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this earth - I only feel honoured to be associated with him. He is in a better place now."

Many other stars have also been remembering Nelson Mandela - including actor Morgan Freeman, who played him in the 2009 movie Invictus.

He said that the world had "lost one of the true giants of the past century".

South African actress Charlize Theron said: "My thoughts and love go out to the Mandela family.

"Rest in Peace Madiba. You will be missed, but your impact on this world will live forever. There will never be words to say what I'm feeling right now. I am saddened to the depths of my soul. Truly."

Oprah Winfrey hailed Nelson Mandela as her "hero" and added that she had been honoured to have been invited to his home in the past.

"He was everything you've ever heard and more - humble and unscathed by bitterness," she said.

"And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time."

© UTV News
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