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Government representatives (light green)
This is a list of dignitaries at the state memorial service of Nelson Mandela. Mandela died on 5 December 2013. Many heads of state and government attended the state memorial service on Tuesday, 10 December 2013 at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. The memorial service was one of the largest gatherings of world leaders (91).
Heads of state and government
This section is a partial list of notable guests who attended the memorial service.
- Bono, Irish U2 vocalist and activist
- Richard Branson, British business magnate
- Naomi Campbell, British model
- Peter Gabriel, British singer
- Annie Lennox, British singer-songwriter
- Bill Gates, American business magnate
- Francois Pienaar, South African rugby player
- Charlize Theron, South African-American actress
- Desmond Tutu, South African Anglican Archbishop
- Oprah Winfrey, American television personality and actress
- The 14th Dalai Lama was expected to attend the service but was denied a visa by the South African government.
- Iranian Foreign Minister Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was expected to attend the service but had to cancel his visit due to the visit of his Russian counterpart in Tehran.
- Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra also was expected to attend but declined due to ongoing protests against her government.
- Pope Francis was sent an invitation to attend either the memorial or state funeral but did not respond to either invitation.
- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu did not attend the memorial service citing financial and security reasons.
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