On a rainy December 10, 2013, thousands gathered at the First National Bank (FNB) Stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, South Africa to attend a memorial service for the late Nelson Mandela. The former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner passed away on December 5, 2013, at the age of 95.
Monarch and royals from around the world attended the moving service including His Imperial Highness Crown Prince Naruhito of Japan accompanied by the former Prime Minister of Japan, Mr. Yasuo Fukuda, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark accompanied by the Prime Minister of Denmark, Ms. Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco accompanied by her Lady-in-Waiting, Princess Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, His Majesty King Philippe of Belgium accompanied by the Prime Minister of Belgium, Mr. Elio Di Rupo, His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands accompanied by the Dutch Foreign Minister, Mr. Frans Timmermans, Her Majesty Queen Rania of Jordan accompanied by the Prime Minister of Jordan, Mr. Abdullah Ensour, His Royal Highness Prince Felipe of Asturias accompanied by the Prime Minister of Spain, Mr. Mariano Rajoy, His Royal Highness Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg, Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden accompanied by the Prime Minister of Sweden, Mr. Fredrik Reinfeldt, and His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon of Norway accompanied by the Prime Minister of Norway, Ms. Erna Solberg.
The late Nelson Mandela will be laid to rest on Sunday, December 15, 2013. Royals attending the funeral service include His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and Their Serene Highnesses Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco to name a few.
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