Page last updated at 21:14 GMT, Wednesday, 25 June 2008 22:14 UK

Mandela meets Queen on UK visit


Nelson Mandela greets the Queen

Nelson Mandela has met the Queen as part of a week-long UK visit marking the former South African president's 90th birthday.

They had a private audience at Buckingham Palace.

The statesman later hosted a dinner party fundraiser for celebrities and world leaders, including Prime Minister Gordon Brown and actor Will Smith.

Mr Mandela arrived in the UK on Sunday ahead of a birthday concert in London's Hyde Park on Friday.

The former South African president was greeted by 520 guests at his dinner party, including US chat show host Oprah Winfrey, activist Sir Bob Geldof and actor Robert De Niro.

Warm friendship

Mr Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years for his role leading the campaign against apartheid in South Africa before being elected his country's president in 1994.

He officially retired from politics nine years ago, but despite his age and ill health he has continued to campaign around the globe for peace and an end to poverty.

The Queen and Mr Mandela have met on several occasions over the past decade and are said to have developed a warm friendship.

The concert in Hyde Park will include acts such as Queen, Leona Lewis and Annie Lennox.

Mr Mandela was born in South Africa's Eastern Cape on 18 July, 1918.

Country profile: South Africa
31 May 08 |  Country profiles
Mandela concert line-up unveiled
06 May 08 |  Entertainment
Profile: Nelson Mandela
01 Jun 04 |  Africa

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Kings Lynn News Mandela celebrates 90th birthday in style - 50 mins ago
Ledbury Reporter Mandela marks birthday with dinner - 53 mins ago
Daily Mail Happy birthday, Mandela... world leaders and A-list stars pay glittering tribute to Nelson - 1 hr ago
Richmond and Twickenham Times Mandela marks birthday with dinner - 2 hrs ago
Tonight South Africa 'You look younger every time I see you' - 2 hrs ago

Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit


Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2020 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific