Item 1477 - Message from Mandela on the 70th Birthday of the Queen : Message from President Nelson Mandela on the 70th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II

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Message from Mandela on the 70th Birthday of the Queen : Message from President Nelson Mandela on the 70th Birthday of Queen Elizabeth II


  • 1996-04-16 (Creation)

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Transcription of speech made by Mr Mandela

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(18 July 1918-5 December 2013)

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Migrated from the Nelson Mandela Speeches Database (Sep-2018).

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It is a great honour and a privilege for me to convey, on behalf of the Government and people of South Africa, and on my own behalf, our very best wishes to Her Majesty on the occasion of her seventieth birthday.
Her Majesty will know from her recent visit to South Africa, the warmth in the hearts of all our people towards the her; towards the people of Britain; and the Commonwealth of Nations.

History has given our two countries a long and complex relationship. It had its share of difficulties, but the joint efforts of our peoples in pursuit of freedom has made the antagonisms a thing of the past and laid a basis of hope for the future.

We appreciate in particular Her Majesty's role in helping build the Commonwealth into an association which stands for principles which affirm the rights and equality of people everywhere.

I look forward eagerly to visiting Britain later this year, as an opportunity to lend still greater strength to the bonds that are growing between our countries and our peoples.

We wish Her Majesty a happy birthday and good health.

Nelson Mandela President Republic of South Africa

16 April 1996

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Acquisition method: Hardcopy ; Source: Nelson Mandela Foundation. Accessioned on 09/02/2010 by Zintle Bambata




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