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South African president pays tribute to late Queen’s ‘wonderful’ relationship with Nelson Mandela

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South Africa's president has paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II's "wonderful" relationship with Nelson Mandela. Cyril Ramaphosa recalled the pair's rapport in a speech marking the end of his state visit to the UK. He said: "We honour her, and we remember her very fondly – particularly for her wonderful relationship with the father of our nation, Nelson Mandela. "Their relationship will forever be imprinted in our memory, because they were very close. They were on first-name terms, and it was always a joy to listen to Nelson Mandela speaking about her very warmly and very fondly." Watch more on Independent TV: https://www.independent.co.uk/tv/news Click here to subscribe to The Independent: https://bit.ly/Subscribe-to-Independent About The Independent: Making Change Happen. The Independent is the world’s most free-thinking newsbrand, providing global news, commentary and analysis for the independently-minded. Connect with The Independent: Check out our full video catalog: https://www.youtube.com/c/theindependent/videos Videos, daily editorial and more: http://www.theindy.com Click here to get the best of The Independent daily: https://www.independent.co.uk/newsletters Like The Independent on Facebook: https://www.fb.com/TheIndependentOnline Follow The Independent on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Independent Follow The Independent on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the.independent Download the iOS & Android app: https://www.independent.co.uk/subscribe/app Help to support truly independent journalism. Every dollar you contribute will directly fund additional special reports and investigations from a free-thinking, award-winning newsroom you can trust - https://www.independent.co.uk/donations Subscribe to Independent Premium for exclusive content & live events: https://bit.ly/2MiOONB

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