Nelson Mandela memorial service to be held at Westminster Abbey

Nearly 2000 people will gather to celebrate his life and work today

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Nelson Mandela will be remembered at a memorial service in Westminster Abbey later today.

Prince Harry will join almost 2,000 people who are expected to attend the memorial service to the late leader's life and work today.

Prime Minister David Cameron, deputy president of the Republic of South Africa, Kgalema Motlanthe, and Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, the Most Reverend Desmond Tutu will all be among the congregation.

Coinciding with the service the Dean of Westminster the Very Reverend Dr John Hall announced a ledger stone will be placed in the abbey later this year.

He said: "Nelson Mandela was one of the most remarkable world leaders of the last century. His constancy under suffering stand as an example to everyone.

"In addition, his capacity for forgiveness and his generosity of spirit show what humanity at its best can achieve.

"His memorial in Westminster Abbey, justified in itself, standing amongst memorials to many of the greatest men and women of the world, not all of them British, will also prove to be a focus of contemplation and prayer for the gift of forgiveness and reconciliation in many communities and places in our troubled world."

Anti-apartheid icon Mr Mandela emerged from 27 years in prison to become president in 1994 after the country's first all-race democratic elections.

He died aged 95 in December after suffering from a severe lung infection.

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Additional reporting by Press Association