Updated: 15 December 2013 16:30 | By Ian Jones, Duncan Newton & Francis Whittaker
Nelson Mandela funeral: in pictures

The funeral of Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, who died on 5 December.



South African President Jacob Zuma sits between Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, left, Nelson Mandela's former wife, and Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel during the funeral service (© AP Photo/Odd Andersen)
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  • South African President Jacob Zuma sits between Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, left, Nelson Mandela's former wife, and Nelson Mandela’s widow Graca Machel during the funeral service (© AP Photo/Odd Andersen)
  • Candles illuminate a portrait of Nelson Mandela during his funeral service inside the white dome in Qunu (© AP Photo/Odd Andersen)
  • Ahmed Kathrada, close friend of Nelson Mandela, speaks during the funeral ceremony (© REUTERS/Odd Andersen)
  • Prince Charles is greeted by another mourner as he arrives for the funeral service of Nelson Mandela (© AP Photo/Odd Andersen)
  • The funeral of Nelson Mandela (© Odd Andersen, AP Photo)
  • The funeral of Nelson Mandela (© Odd Andersen, Reuters)
  • The funeral of Nelson Mandela (© SABC via Reuters)
  • A family in the Soweto township of Johannesburg watch a television showing the funeral service of Nelson Mandela (© AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
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The service took place in Mr Mandela's ancestral home of Qunu, in the east of the country.

Around 4,500 people, including many foreign dignitaries, attended the ceremony, which took place inside a specially-erected white dome. Formal tributes from some of Mr Mandela's former friends and colleagues were mixed with traditional rituals, singing and dancing.

This picture shows current South African president Jacob Zuma at the service sitting between Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, left, Nelson Mandela's former wife, and Nelson Mandela's widow Graca Machel.

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