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...