List of dignitaries at the memorial service of Nelson Mandela

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  Heads of state and government (dark green)
  Government representatives (light green)

This is a list of dignitaries at the state memorial service of Nelson Mandela.[1] 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).[2]


Heads of state and government[edit]

South African President Jacob Zuma waiting to take the stage at the FNB Stadium
Barack and Michelle Obama seated next to Prime Minister of Denmark Helle Thorning-Schmidt
President Yayi Boni of Benin greeting other dignitaries
Crowd at the stadium
Crowd at the stadium
Country Title Dignitary
 South Africa President Jacob Zuma
 Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai[3]
 Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott
 Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie
 Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid
 Belgium King Philippe
 Belgium Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo
 Benin President Yayi Boni
 Botswana President Ian Khama[4]
 Brazil President Dilma Rousseff
 Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza
 Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper
 Chad President Idriss Déby
 Comoros President Ikililou Dhoinine
 Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila
 Republic of the Congo President Denis Sassou Nguesso
 Croatia President Ivo Josipović
 Cuba President Raúl Castro
 Denmark Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt
 Djibouti President Ismaïl Omar Guelleh
 East Timor Prime Minister Xanana Gusmão
 Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo
 Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn
 Finland President Sauli Niinistö
 France/ Andorra President/Co-Prince François Hollande
 Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba
 The Gambia President Yahya Jammeh[5]
 Germany President Joachim Gauck
 Ghana President John Dramani Mahama
 Guinea President Alpha Condé
 Guyana President Donald Ramotar
 Haiti President Michel Martelly
Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe
 India President Pranab Mukherjee[6]
 Ireland President Michael D. Higgins [7]
 Italy Prime Minister Enrico Letta
 Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara
 Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller
 Jordan Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour
 Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta
 Lebanon Prime Minister Najib Mikati
 Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane
 Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
 Luxembourg Grand Duke Henri
 Malawi President Joyce Banda
 Malta Prime Minister Joseph Muscat
 Mauritania President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
 Mauritius Prime Minister Navin Ramgoolam
 Mexico President Enrique Peña Nieto
 Mozambique President Armando Guebuza
 Namibia President Hifikepunye Pohamba
 Netherlands King Willem-Alexander
 New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
 Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou
 Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan
 Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg[8]
 Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain
 State of Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas
 Portugal President Aníbal Cavaco Silva
 Romania Prime Minister Victor Ponta[9]
 Senegal President Macky Sall
 Serbia President Tomislav Nikolić
 Seychelles President James Michel
 Slovenia President Borut Pahor
 Somalia President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud[citation needed]
 South Korea Prime Minister Jung Hong-won
 South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit
 Spain Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy[10]
 Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa
 Suriname President Dési Bouterse
 Swaziland Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini
 Sweden Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt
  Switzerland President Ueli Maurer
 Tanzania President Jakaya Kikwete
 Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
 Tunisia President Moncef Marzouki
 Uganda President Yoweri Museveni
 United Kingdom Prime Minister David Cameron
 United States President Barack Obama[11]
 Venezuela President Nicolás Maduro
 Zambia President Michael Sata
 Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe

Other royalty[edit]

Country Title Dignitary
 Denmark Crown Prince Prince Frederik
 Japan Crown Prince Prince Naruhito
 Jordan Queen consort Queen Rania
MonacoSouth Africa Monaco Princess consort Princess Charlene
 Morocco Prince Prince Moulay Rachid
 Norway Crown Prince Prince Haakon
 Saudi Arabia Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Muqrin
 Spain Crown Prince Prince Felipe
 Sweden Crown Princess Princess Victoria
 United Kingdom Prince of Wales Prince Charles

Government representatives[edit]

Country Title Dignitary
 Algeria Speaker of the Council of the Nation Abdelkader Bensalah
 Angola Vice President Manuel Vicente
 Argentina Vice President Amado Boudou
 Belarus Vice Chairman of the House of Representatives Viktor Guminsky[12]
 China Vice President Li Yuanchao[13]
 Colombia Vice President Angelino Garzón
 Estonia Foreign Minister Urmas Paet[14]
 France Minister of Foreign and European Affairs Laurent Fabius[15]
Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira
 Greece Minister of National Defence Dimitris Avramopoulos
 Holy See President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Peter Cardinal Turkson
 Hungary Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén
 India Chairperson of the National Advisory Council Sonia Gandhi[16]
Minister of Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma
 Iran Vice President Mohammad Shariatmadari
 Ireland Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore [7]
 Israel Speaker of the Knesset Yuli-Yoel Edelstein
 Italy President of the Chamber of Deputies Laura Boldrini
 Malaysia Minister of the Federal Territories Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor [17]
Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water Maximus Ongkili
 Netherlands Foreign Minister Frans Timmermans
 Poland Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski
 Peru Vice President Marisol Espinoza[citation needed]
 Philippines Vice President Jejomar Binay[18]
 Russia Chairwoman of the Federation Council Valentina Matviyenko
 Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam[19]
 Sudan Vice President Bakri Hassan Salih
 Turkey Deputy Prime Minister Beşir Atalay[20]
 United Arab Emirates Minister of Culture Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
 United Kingdom Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg[21]
 United States Attorney General Eric Holder
National Security Advisor Susan Rice[11]
Senator from Texas Ted Cruz

International organisations[edit]

Organisation Title Dignitary
 Arab League Samir Hosny
AU emblem.png African Union Chairperson of the AU Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
 Commonwealth of Nations Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma
European Union European Council President Herman Van Rompuy
 European Union President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso
 United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Former leaders[edit]

Country / Org Title Dignitary
 Brazil 31st President José Sarney
32nd President Fernando Collor de Mello
34th President Fernando Henrique Cardoso
35th President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
 Canada 16th Prime Minister Joe Clark
18th Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
19th Prime Minister Kim Campbell
20th Prime Minister Jean Chrétien
26th Governor General Adrienne Clarkson
27th Governor General Michaëlle Jean
 Colombia 30th President Andrés Pastrana[22]
 Finland 10th President Martti Ahtisaari
 France 23rd President Nicolas Sarkozy
 Ghana 1st President (Fourth Republic) Jerry Rawlings
 Iran 5th President Mohammad Khatami
 Ireland 7th President Mary Robinson [7]
 Japan 58th Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda
 Poland 2nd President Lech Wałęsa
 Romania 3rd President Emil Constantinescu
 South Africa State President / 1st Deputy President Frederik Willem De Klerk
2nd President Thabo Mbeki
3rd President Kgalema Motlanthe
 New Zealand 35th Prime Minister Jim Bolger
 Nigeria 1st President (Fourth Republic) Olusegun Obasanjo
 United Kingdom former Prime Minister John Major
former Prime Minister Tony Blair
former Prime Minister Gordon Brown
 United States 39th President Jimmy Carter[11]
42nd President Bill Clinton[11]
43rd President George W. Bush[11]
 Zambia 1st President Kenneth Kaunda
 United Nations 7th Secretary General Kofi Annan

Other guests[edit]

Bono and his wife Ali Hewson at the memorial service

This section is a partial list of notable guests who attended the memorial service.



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  4. ^ "Botswana president to attend memorial service for Mandela in South Africa - Xinhua |". Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  5. ^ 10 December 2013. "Gambia: President Jammeh to Attend Mandela's Memorial Service". Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
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  15. ^ "Hommage à Mandela: une centaine de personnalités à la cérémonie de Soweto". The Huffington Post. December 9, 2013. 
  16. ^ "President, Sonia leave for Mandela memorial service". The Times of India. December 9, 2013. 
  17. ^ Two ministers to attend Mandela state funeral
  18. ^ Binay leaves for Mandela funeral
  19. ^ "Singapore deputy PM to attend state memorial service for Nelson Mandela - Xinhua |". Retrieved 2013-12-10. 
  20. ^ "Mandela'nın cenazesine Beşir Atalay katılıyor". BBC. December 10, 2013. 
  21. ^ a b c d e Nelson Mandela memorial guest list. The Daily Telegraph. December 10, 2013.
  22. ^
  23. ^ a b c d e f Obama, Castro shake hands as world says farewell to peacemaker Mandela. Reuters. December 10, 2013.
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  25. ^ "Home " Iran Iran's FM cancels attending Nelson Mandela's funeral, stays to meet Russian FM". 10 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  26. ^ "Netanyahu Won't Attend Mandela Memorial". 9 December 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  27. ^
  28. ^ a b Nelson Mandela memorial guest list Daily Telegraph, 10 December 2013.

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