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Duchess and Prince William pay tribute to Nelson Mandela at premiere

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The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William attended the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom UK premiere in London last night (December 5), with William paying tribute to the late leader following the sad news of his passing at the age of 95.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving arriving for the Royal Film Performance of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
Picture date: Thursday December 5, 2013. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

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Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arriving arriving for the Royal Film Performance of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.
Picture date: Thursday December 5, 2013. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire

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The Duchess of Cambridge


The Duchess, in a cream Roland Mouret gown, graced the red carpet with Prince William at the screening of the highly-anticipated biopic in Leicester Square.

Idris Elba plays Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom, which follows his journey from opposing apartheid to becoming South Africa's president.

Elba was also in attendance along with co-star Naomie Harris, who stars as Mandela's ex-wife Winnie.

Idris Elba arriving arriving for the Royal Film Performance of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.

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Idris Elba arrives at the premiere

Naomie Harris arriving arriving for the Royal Film Performance of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.

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Naomie Harris at the screening


Guests were informed of Mandela's death at the Royal Film Performance screening, with a two-minute silence being held at the end.

Prince William then addressed reporters in the foyer of the cinema following the news and 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."

Current South African president Jacob Zuma gave an address on Thursday evening, saying that Mandela passed away in his Johannesburg home surrounded by friends and family.

Elba also released a statement expressing his grief following Mandela's death, which read: "What an honour it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

"I am stunned at this very moment, in mourning with the rest of the world and Madiba's family. We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this earth, I only feel honoured to be associated with him. He is in a better place now."

Watch the trailer for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom below:

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