Prince Charles to attend Nelson Mandela funeral

The Queen, 87, has reportedly been advised to avoid long-distance flights where possible.

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Prince Charles is to attend Nelson Mandela’s state funeral in a week’s time on behalf of the Queen, while David Cameron will go to the larger public memorial service for the former South African president five days earlier, their offices have announced.

Charles will represent the Queen at the service in Qunu, in Eastern Cape province, on 15 December, a Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said. The Queen, 87, has reportedly been advised to avoid long-distance flights where possible.

While next Sunday’s funeral will be a major affair likely to involve many world leaders, South Africa’s government has arranged an even bigger commemorative service at the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg for this Tuesday, open to the public as well as dignitaries.

Cameron will be attending this service, he has announced via Twitter. A tweet on the official No 10 feed read: “The prime minister will represent the UK at the memorial service to commemorate the life of Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Tuesday.”

Large numbers of world leaders and other notables are expected to attend the funeral or memorial event, including Barack Obama, former US presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, and France’s president, François Hollande.

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