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In pictures: Mandela's gala dinner
South African President Thabo Mbeki and his wife Zanele wave to well-wishers
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Heads of states and celebrities from all over the world joined Nelson Mandela at a gala dinner to mark his 85th birthday.
US talk show host Oprah Winfrey arrives at the banquet
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Among the 1,600 stars were some of the world's most famous television and stage stars...
Nelson Mandela and his wife Graca Machel arrive for the star-studded party
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Mr Mandela and his wife received a standing ovation when they arrived at the Sandton Convention Centre.
The gala dinner at the Sandton Convention Centre
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Inside the banquet hall, huge banners commemorating milestones in Mr Mandela's life were hung from the walls.
Former US President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary
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Before the banquet began, former US President Bill Clinton praised Mr Mandela as a "gift to humanity".
Irish rock star Bono with his wife, Ari
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Rock star Bono and wife Ari brought an Irish flavour to what has been dubbed as "the party of the millennium".
Former South African President F.W. De Klerk and his wife Elita Georgiades
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...so as the Former South African President, F.W. De Klerk, and his wife Elita Georgiades...
Nelson Mandela (left) talks to Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands
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The banquet was the culmination of a series of events to honour South Africa's grand statesman.

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