The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge stopped by the South Africa house in Trafalgar Square on Wednesday to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela.
“When Kate and William prepared to attend the Royal premiere of a film chronicling the remarkable life of Nelson Mandela yesterday evening they could not have known the significance the evening would come to hold…But as the two watched the film, alongside the Zindzi Mandela, daughter of the South African leader, news came in that 95-year-old Mandela had died peacefully at home.” – Deborah Arthurs, Daily Mail, 12/6/2013
The Cambridges arriving at the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom….
After being informed of the former South African leader’s death, Prince William made a brief statement as the Daily Mail reports below:
“William and Kate looked ashen-faced as they walked down the stairs into the foyer. Speaking as he left the Odeon cinema, the Duke said: ‘I just wanted to say it’s extremely sad and tragic news. 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.’ ”
Due to inclement weather, Prince Harry and the other Walking with the Wounded race participants are stuck in Cape Town until Friday. Their stopover in the city was only to be approximately 24 hours but now has turned into almost 4 full days. The race participants aren’t letting this get them down though…they are enjoying the summer weather!
Prince Harry will join a team of four injured British soldiers as they compete against teams from the Commonwealth and the United States in the 200-mile Walking with the Wounded charity trek. Preparing for their Sunday departure, the teams met today in Trafalgar Square in London to take a look at the trophy they are all competing for. The teams will fly on Sunday from the United Kingdom to South Africa before flying to Novolazarevskaya Station in Antarctica on November 19th. They will spend a few days there to get used to the conditions. They will then fly 87 degrees south where they will spend more time acclimatizing. Their trek to the South Pole will begin on November 30th with hopes of reaching it by December 16th.