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British queen 'deeply saddened' by Mandela death

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A file photo taken on October 20, 2003 shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) shaking hands with former South African President Nelson Mandela during a reception at Buckingham Palace in London

A file photo taken on October 20, 2003 shows Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (L) shaking hands with former South African President Nelson Mandela during a reception at Buckingham Palace in London, to mark the centenary of the Rhodes Trust, started by the 19th century entrepreneur, Cecil John Rhodes, which provides scholarships for students around the world to study at Oxford University. AFP PHOTO / KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH 



Posted  Friday, December 6  2013 at  11:07
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LONDON - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II said Friday she was "deeply saddened" by the death of Nelson Mandela, adding that he had "worked tirelessly for the good of his country".

"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," Buckingham Palace said in a statement.

"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."

Prince Charles also paid tribute to the iconic anti-apartheid fighter, describing him as an "inspired leader and a great man".

"Mr Mandela was the embodiment of courage and reconciliation. He was also a man of great humour and had a real zest for life," he said.

"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.

"The world has lost an inspired leader and a great man. My family and I are profoundly saddened and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."