05 Dec 2013

The Dean and Chapter of Westminster has sent a message of condolence to the High Commissioner for South Africa on the death of the country’s former President Nelson Mandela.

The message read: ‘The Dean and Chapter of Westminster sends condolences to the family of Madiba and to the government and people of South Africa on the death of their former President, Nelson Mandela. He was an iconic figure who changed irrevocably the course of history in his country and the African continent and who changed the world’s attitude to issues of equality and human justice.’

A Book of Condolence at St Margaret’s Church will remain open until 1.30pm on Saturday 14 December. St Margaret's Church is directly opposite the statue of Nelson Mandela in Parliament Square.

The Abbey flag will be flown at half-mast on Friday 6 December. There will be a Service of Thanksgiving for the Life of Nelson Mandela in Westminster Abbey. Further details will be announced shortly.

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