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Queen speaks of hearing about Mandela's death

Friday, December 06, 2013 - 00:41

Dec. 6 - The Queen speaks of how Prince William and Catherine heard news of Mandela's death while attending royal premiere of ''Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: During a visit to Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament, Britain's Queen Elizabeth spoke of how "extraordinary" it was that news of Mandela's death broke in London at the end of the royal premiere screening of "Mandela: The Long Walk To Freedom". The Queen's grandson, Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge and his wife, Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge had attended the premiere. "Because it was extraordinary because William and Catherine were at the film last night, you know, the film about his life.....it came right at the end," cameras caught her saying to dignitaries who were showing her around the Hall. "Well I heard it at ten o'clock and I suppose it must have been the end of the film and they were clapping like mad, you know, and then somebody came on and said 'Could you just listen, we have just heard he has died. It's amazing isn't it during first night of the film," the Queen said. In a statement issued by Buckingham Palace said the Queen was "deeply saddened" to learn of Mandela's passing. It went on to praise Mandela for "working tirelessly for the good of his country". "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," the statement said.

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Queen speaks of hearing about Mandela's death

Friday, December 06, 2013 - 00:41