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Nelson Mandela funeral: Tributes paid to 'Africa's greatest son' during moving service

Tributes have been paid to 'Africa's greatest son' Nelson Mandela during his funeral in South Africa on Sunday.

Thousands gathered - including his family, world leaders, civil rights leaders and celebrities - in a huge tent at the family compound of the anti-apartheid leader, who died on December 5 at the age of 95 after a long illness.

Guests included senior South African officials, veterans of the fight against white rule and foreign diplomats. Prince Charles, entrepreneur Richard Branson and former Zimbabwean prime minister Morgan Tsvangirai were also there, along with Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams.

South Africa President Jacob Zuma said Sunday's moving service marked the end of "an extraordinary journey".

"It is the end of 95 glorious years of this freedom fighter - a dedicated and humble servant of people of South Africa," he said.

"He was a fountain of wisdom, a pillar of strength and a beacon of hope for all those fighting for a just world order."

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