Here’s how The Queen reacted upon finding out that Nelson Mandela had died, aged 95. Mandela joined the African National Congress in 1943 where he campaigned against apartheid. Initially the campaigns were peaceful, but in the 1960s the ANC began to advocate violence. Mr Mandela was arrested for sabotage and sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964. He was released in 1990 as South Africa began to move away from racial segregation leading to the first multi-racial elections in 1994. Mr Mandela served a single term as president before stepping down in 1999. After leaving office, he became a high-profile ambassador for South Africa, campaigning against HIV and Aids, promoting peace around the world and helping to secure the country’s right to host the 2010 football World Cup. After months of poor health, Nelson Mandela died peacefully at home on the 5th December 2013.
The Duke of Cambridge welcomes Irish Guards recently back from Afghanistan in Aldershot barracks ceremony.
Prince William presented medals to those who have served their country in Afghanistan, during a special visit to Aldershot.
The Duke of Cambridge arrived at Mons Barracks just before 11am on Friday December 6 and was treated to a stirring parade by the 120 members of the No2 Company of the 1st Battalion Irish Guards, who returned home in October.
On the crisp winter morning, he briefly talked to each soldier as they were lined up in formation and presented with their medals.
He then addressed them, and family members who had gathered for the occasion, from a podium.
"You are a fine sight," said the Duke, who is Colonel of the Irish Guards. "Welcome home.
"We followed your deployment with great and mounting pride, and, naturally, with considerable anxiety too. Fortune smiled upon you. You did your job magnificently, helping the people of Helmand to face their future with greater security and confidence - and you all came home safe and sound."
After the parade, the future king took part in a group photo with the troops and spoke further with guardsmen and their families in the officers’ mess before departing.
The Duke and his wife Kate Middleton spent the previous night at the London premiere of Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom, only to learn of the former South African president’s death at the end of the film about his life.
Queen Elizabeth II visits the Palace of Westminster to view the Diamond Jubilee Window which has been installed in the Great Window of Westminster Hall, accompanied by House of Lords Speaker Baroness D’Souza and House of Commons Speaker John Bercow on December 6, 2013 in London, England.
Top: Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal talking to a soldier of the Household Cavalry Regiment; 2nd row left: Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal presenting an Operational Service Medal to a Household Cavalry Regiment soldier; right: More than 180 soldiers of the Household Cavalry Regiment march through the streets of Windsor and Bottom: Soldiers of the Household Cavalry Regiment marching through Windsor [Pictures: Sergeant Adrian Harlen, Crown copyright]
More than 180 soldiers of the Household Cavalry Regiment marked their final return from Afghanistan by marching through the streets of Windsor today before being presented with their Operational Service Medals by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal.
As the soldiers filed past the historic Guildhall, the Princess Royal took the salute with Councillor Andrew Jenner, Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.
Over a 6-month tour, their sixth in the Afghan campaign, the soldiers of B Squadron formed the Brigade Reconnaissance Force and helped with the transition of security responsibility to the Afghan National Security Forces.
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
- Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom (via quotestuff)