Honouring the life of Nelson Mandela: the memorial service in pictures


Tens of thousands gathered in the rainswept Soweto Stadium in South Africa's Johannesburg on Tuesday to honour Nelson Mandela, revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century.

America's President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle joined other world leaders and political figures including Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and former PM's Tony Blair and John Major, as well as celebrities such as South African actress Charlize Theron, U2 frontman Bono and supermodel Naomi Campbell. 

Europe's royals also flew to South Africa to join with the nation as they came together to celebrate Nelson Mandela's lifetime and his epic achievements. We take a look at the momentous event in pictures...

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