Nelson Mandela's state funeral in pictures

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Nelson Mandela Funeral

Several thousand guests, some singing and dancing, gathered in a huge tent at the family compound of the anti-apartheid leader, who died Dec. 5 at the age of 95 after a long illness. See gallery

Candles are lit under a portrait of former South African President Nelson Mandela before his funeral ceremony in Qunu, Dec. 15, 2013.

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Nelson Mandela Funeral

The ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela Madikizela (left), and the widow of Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel (center), stand by the coffin of South African former president Nelson Mandela during his funeral ceremony in Qunu on Dec. 15, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on Dec. 5 at age 95.

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South Africa President Jacob Zuma (second left), the ex-wife of Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela Madikizela (left), and the widow of Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel (third left), sit by the coffin of South African former president Nelson Mandela during his funeral ceremony in Qunu on Dec. 15, 2013. Mandela, the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and one of the towering political figures of the 20th century, died in Johannesburg on Dec. 5 at age 95. 

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Family members stand near former South African President Nelson Mandela's casket during his funeral service in Qunu, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

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Britain's Prince Charles (left) talks with Norway's former Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as they arrive for the funeral ceremony of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Qunu, Dec. 15, 2013.

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Former South African President Thabo Mbeki (center) arrives for the funeral ceremony of former South African President Nelson Mandela in Qunu, Dec. 15, 2013.

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Zindzi, left, daughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela, attends his funeral ceremony in Qunu, Dec. 15, 2013.

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Nandi Mandela, granddaughter of former South African President Nelson Mandela, speaks during her grandfather's funeral ceremony in Qunu, Dec. 15, 2013.

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British entrepreneur Richard Branson, right, and US TV host Oprah Winfrey attend the funeral ceremony of South African former president Nelson Mandela in Qunu, Dec. 15, 2013.

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Anti-apartheid activist and close friend of  Nelson Mandela, Ahmed Kathrada, speaks during the funeral service for the former South African president in Qunu, South Africa, Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013.

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