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Mandela final farewell in picturesPublish Date: Dec 15, 2013
Mandela final farewell in pictures
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The coffin of Nelson Mandela is carried to the burial site after a funeral ceremony in Qunu. PHOTO/AFP

QUNU - Former South African President and anit-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was Sunday laid to rest in his ancestral home in Qunu, just as he had asked while still alive. Let's take a trip through the final day of a week of commemmorative events.

Presidential Guards escort the coffin of the revered former leader for the funeral in Qunu. PHOTO/AFP

On a hot day, a motorcade escorts the remains of Nelson Mandela for the state funeral in Qunu. PHOTO/AFP

Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa speaks during the funeral ceremony. PHOTO/AFP

95 candles were lit during the funeral ceremony, symbolizing the 95 years of Mandela's long life. CREDIT/AFP

The coffin containing the remains of the global icon was draped in a South African flag. CREDIT/AFP

President Jacob Zuma sits between the widow Graca Machel (R) and ex-wife Winnie Mandela Madikizela. CREDIT/AFP

Zambia's President Kenneth David Kaunda speaks during the funeral ceremony. PHOTO/AFP

Mandela's grandson Mandla next to the coffin of the revered anti-apartheid icon. CREDIT/AFP

Mandela's grandson Ndaba delivers a speech during the funeral. CREDIT/AFP

When Mandela stepped down as president of South Africa and the ANC, Thabo Mbeki stepped into those massive shoes.  CREDIT/AFP

US TV host Oprah Winfrey also attended the funeral of her great friend. CREDIT/AFP

As did Britain's Prince Charles, the husband to Princess Diana (RIP) and father to Prince William and Prince Harry. CREDIT/AFP


A group of women, dressed in the colours of the ruling ANC, with pictures of Mandela, watch the funeral on big screens installed in front of the Cape Town City Hall. PHOTO/AFP

South Africans follow the main events on giant screens in Cape Town. PHOTO/AFP

Millions of people across the world watch the funeral service of the global icon on their TVs and outdoor screens. PHOTO/AFP

Sunday marked the end of a week of commemmorative events since the death of Mandela last Thursday. PHOTO/AFP

Makaziwe Mandela (R) listening to speeches during the funeral service. CREDIT/AFP

A young woman carrying a baby looks towards Nelson Mandela's family house in Qunu. PHOTO/AFP

Locals sit on the grass as they watch the funeral on a giant screen (not seen) in a hill overlooking the valley where Mandela would later be buried. PHOTO/AFP

The coat of arms of Nelson Mandela, as knight of the Swedish Order of the Seraphim, is carried from the palace to the royal burial church Riddarholmskyrkan in Stockholm, Sweden. CREDIT/AFP


The coffin of South African former president Nelson Mandela leaves the funeral ceremony. CREDIT/AFP

The coffin of Nelson Mandela is escorted to the burial site after the funeral service. CREDIT/AFP

The traditional burial ceremony was a private affair, attended by a few people, including President Jacob Zuma. CREDIT/AFP

Military helicopters fly over the grave where Nelson Mandela would moments later be laid to rest. CREDIT/AFP

South African armed forces acting as pall bearers saluting as Nelson Mandela's coffin is lowered into the grave. CREDIT/AFP

It was an aura of respect as Nelson Mandela was finally laid to rest after his inspiring Long Walk to Freedom. CREDIT/AFP


After transforming his country and inspiring a world, Nelson Mandela finally rests. PHOTO/AFP

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