06 December 2013 by

Tributes To Nelson Mandela: Politicians And Stars From Bill Clinton To Beyonce Mourn The South African Leader

GALLERY>> Tributes To Nelson Mandela

Prince Charles

Prince Charles said in a statement 'Mr Mandela was the embodiment of courage and reconciliation. 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 and the many others whose lives have been changed through his fight for peace, justice and freedom.'

Tony Blair

Tony Blair said he was the 'most powerful symbol of reconciliation, hope and progress.'

Muhammad Ali

Ali said in his statement released by the Ali Center: ‘'What I will remember most about Mr. Mandela is that he was a man whose heart, soul and spirit could not be contained or restrained by racial and economic injustices, metal bars or the burden of hate and revenge. He taught us forgiveness on a grand scale.’

'He inspired others to reach for what appeared to be impossible and moved them to break through the barriers that held them hostage mentally, physically, socially and economically. He made us realize, we are our brother’s keeper and that our brothers come in all colors.'

Beyonce

Beyonce wrote on Instagram: 'Thank you for all you have sacrificed to improve the lives of other human beings. Rest in peace'

Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton wrote on Twitter: 'I will never forget my friend Madiba.'

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron said on Twitter: '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.'

David Beckham

David Beckham wrote on Facebook: 'My heart goes out to the people in South Africa and Mr Mandela's family. We have lost a true gentleman and a courageous human being. It was truly an honor to have known a man who had genuine love for so many people. Rest in peace.'

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Idris Elba

The actor wrote on Twitter: 'I'm stunned, crushed, in mourning with you and his family, I feel only honoured to have portrayed him. He's in a better place now. RIP NM.'

Larry King

Larry king wrote on Twitter: 'Sad to hear about the passing of Nelson Mandela - he was the greatest figure of the 20th century - a fascinating man. Of all the interviews I've done Nelson Mandela ranks among the top-he was so eloquent & classy.'

Beyonce

Beyonce wrote on Instagram: 'God Bless'

Rihanna

Rihanna wrote on Instagram: 'One of the greatest men who's ever lived!!! Legend We will never forget the things this man has taught us, and we will never truly comprehend the level of strength that it took for him to endure many of his years!! Thank you Mandela.'

Oprah

Oprah said on Instagram: 'One of the great honors of my life was to be invited to Nelson Mandela's home, spend private time and get to know him. He was everything you've ever heard and more – humble and unscathed by bitterness. And he always loved to tell a good joke. Being in his presence was like sitting with grace and majesty at the same time. He will always be my hero. His life was a gift to us all.'

The Queen

A statement from Buckingham Palace reads: '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. 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.'

Kim Kardashian

Kim Kardashian wrote on Instagram: 'R.I.P. Nelson Mandela...may your principles of love be the guiding light for future generations.'

As the world learnt of the death of Nelson Mandela, tributes poured in from royalty, world leaders and celebrities. The Queen, Obama and Bill Clinton led tributes for the statesman, who died last night aged 95. Hollywood also mourns for the inspiring leader, as stars from Charlize Theron to Beyonce posted emotional messages on Twitter and Instagram.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge heard the news at the premiere of Long Walk To Freedom, a film based on the autobiography of Nelson Mandela. They were not informed until the end of the film that Mandela had subsequently passed away at home aged 95 following a long illness. Leaving the Odeon cinema William said: 'We were just reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. It's very sad.'

But what did Nelson Mandela think about world leaders? In a candid hour-long video Mandela gives his view on world leaders and current affairs as he signed his artwork which was sold for charity at London’s Belgravia Gallery. He was very fond of Princess Diana for her work with AIDS as he says: 'People said if a British princess can actually shake hands with AIDS sufferers and sit down, then there is nothing in this superstition.' In the video he remembers a time when the Queen served him tea and said: 'In public she’s very stiff, but when I stayed in Buckingham Palace, she was a totally different person.'

Margaret Thatcher may have called Nelson Mandela a terrorist, but Nelson calls the Iron Lady 'warm and motherly.' In the video he says: 'When I saw Margaret Thatcher for the first time, we were supposed to have a meeting for one hour. Our meeting lasted for three hours and I had to offer an excuse. I then went to Neil Kinnock in parliament, and he was very excited. He says, ‘How is the Iron Lady?” I said, ‘She was warm and motherly.’ He says, ‘Warm and motherly? You must have met another lady.’”

See the tributes to Nelson Mandela in the gallery above...


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