List of dignitaries at the memorial service of Nelson Mandela
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
|Denmark||Crown Prince||Prince Frederik|
|Japan||Crown Prince||Prince Naruhito|
|Jordan||Queen consort||Queen Rania|
|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|
|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|
|China||Vice President||Li Yuanchao|
|Colombia||Vice President||Angelino Garzón|
|Estonia||Foreign Minister||Urmas Paet|
|France||Minister of Foreign and European Affairs||Laurent Fabius|
|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|
|Minister of Commerce and Industry||Anand Sharma|
|Iran||Vice President||Mohammad Shariatmadari|
|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|
|Minister of Energy, Green Technology and Water||Maximus Ongkili|
|Netherlands||Foreign Minister||Frans Timmermans|
|Poland||Foreign Minister||Radosław Sikorski|
|Peru||Vice President||Marisol Espinoza|
|Philippines||Vice President||Jejomar Binay|
|Russia||Chairwoman of the Federation Council||Valentina Matviyenko|
|Singapore||Deputy Prime Minister||Tharman Shanmugaratnam|
|Sudan||Vice President||Bakri Hassan Salih|
|Turkey||Deputy Prime Minister||Beşir Atalay|
|United Arab Emirates||Minister of Culture||Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan|
|United Kingdom||Deputy Prime Minister||Nick Clegg|
|United States||Attorney General||Eric Holder|
|National Security Advisor||Susan Rice|
|Senator from Texas||Ted Cruz|
|Arab League||Samir Hosny|
|African Union||Chairperson of the AU Commission||Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma|
|Commonwealth of Nations||Secretary-General||Kamalesh Sharma|
|European Council||President||Herman Van Rompuy|
|European Union||President of the European Commission||José Manuel Barroso|
|United Nations||Secretary-General||Ban Ki-moon|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|42nd President||Bill Clinton|
|43rd President||George W. Bush|
|Zambia||1st President||Kenneth Kaunda|
|United Nations||7th Secretary General||Kofi Annan|
This section is a partial list of notable guests who attended the memorial service.
- Bono, Irish U2 vocalist and activist
- Richard Branson, British businessman
- Naomi Campbell, British model
- Hillary Clinton, former American Secretary of State
- Peter Gabriel, British singer
- Bill Gates, American businessman
- Annie Lennox, British singer-songwriter
- 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
- Iran: Iranian Foreign 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.
- Israel: Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu did not attend the memorial service citing financial and security reasons.
- Republic of China (Taiwan): The ROC Ministry of Foreign Affairs decided to not send a delegation because of the time constraint. Instead, Foreign Minister David Lin personally visited the Liaison Office of South Africa to convey condolences over the death of Mandela. In addition, the Representative of the ROC to South Africa visited the Union Buildings in Pretoria to view the remains of Mandela and pay respects on behalf of the ROC government.
- Thailand: Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra also was expected to attend but declined due to ongoing protests against her government.
- Tibet: The 14th Dalai Lama was expected to attend the service but was denied a visa by the South African government.
- The Vatican: Pope Francis was sent an invitation to attend either the memorial or state funeral but did not respond to either invitation.
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- Binay leaves for Mandela funeral
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