Nelson Mandela: From rock stars to royalty

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Former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, beloved worldwide, has kept company with not only political leaders but everyone from rock stars to royalty.

South African State President Frederik Willem de Klerk, left, and Deputy President of the African National Congress Nelson Mandela, right, prior to talks between the ANC and the South African government, Cape Town, May 2, 1990. The talks were to last 3 days. (AP-PHOTO/dpf/stf/Denis Farrel)
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South African State President Frederik Willem de Klerk, left, and Deputy President of the African National Congress Nelson Mandela, right, prior to talks between the ANC and the South African government, Cape Town, May 2, 1990. The talks were to last 3 days. (AP-PHOTO/dpf/stf/Denis Farrel)
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis casts a smiling glance at Nelson Mandela, deputy president of the African National Congress, during Mandela's visit to the John F. Kennedy Library on June 23, 1990 in Boston. The Kennedy family has been a longtime opponent of South Africa's policy of apartheid. (AP Photo/Peter Southwick)
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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis casts a smiling glance at Nelson Mandela, deputy president of the African National Congress, during Mandela's visit to the John F. Kennedy Library on June 23, 1990 in Boston. The Kennedy family has been a longtime opponent of South Africa's policy of apartheid. (AP Photo/Peter Southwick)
Deputy President of the African National Congress Nelson Mandela, right, meets with the Rev. Jesse Jackson when the two met during a reception for Mandela on Sunday, April 15, 1990 in a London hotel. Mandela was in London to attend a concert in his honor at Wembley Stadium where he will make an address to a world wide television audience. The last visit to Britain by Mandela was in 1962. (AP Photo/Gill Allen)
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Deputy President of the African National Congress Nelson Mandela, right, meets with the Rev. Jesse Jackson when the two met during a reception for Mandela on Sunday, April 15, 1990 in a London hotel. Mandela was in London to attend a concert in his honor at Wembley Stadium where he will make an address to a world wide television audience. The last visit to Britain by Mandela was in 1962. (AP Photo/Gill Allen)
From left: French first lady Danielle Mitterrand, Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela leader of the African National Congress and French President Francois Mitterrand listen to "God Bless Africa" the anthem of the anti-apartheid movement during a twilight outdoor concert on the Paris's Human Rights square Wednesday, June 6, 1990. (AP Photo/Remy De La Mauviniere)
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From left: French first lady Danielle Mitterrand, Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela leader of the African National Congress and French President Francois Mitterrand listen to "God Bless Africa" the anthem of the anti-apartheid movement during a twilight outdoor concert on the Paris's Human Rights square Wednesday, June 6, 1990. (AP Photo/Remy De La Mauviniere)
President George Bush shakes hands with the South African leader Nelson Mandela at the White House, Monday, June 25, 1990, Washington, DC. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
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President George Bush shakes hands with the South African leader Nelson Mandela at the White House, Monday, June 25, 1990, Washington, DC. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
South African Black leader Nelson Mandela, left, smiles as he shakes hands with Prime Minister Tohiki Kaifu's at Kaifu's official residence on Monday, Oct. 29, 1990 in Tokyo. Mandela, deputy President of African National Congress, is currently on a six-day Japan visit to seek support for the antiapartheid movement. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
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South African Black leader Nelson Mandela, left, smiles as he shakes hands with Prime Minister Tohiki Kaifu's at Kaifu's official residence on Monday, Oct. 29, 1990 in Tokyo. Mandela, deputy President of African National Congress, is currently on a six-day Japan visit to seek support for the antiapartheid movement. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
In this photo provided by the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, US First Lady Michelle Obama, left, with former South African President Nelson Mandela, at this home, in Houghton, South Africa. First lady Michelle Obama and her family met with Nelson Mandela during a private visit at the former South African president's home. Mrs. Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, and her mother, Marian Robinson, were viewing some of Mandela's personal papers at his foundation Tuesday when according to White House officials, he sent word that he wanted to meet them. It was Mrs. Obama's first meeting with the prisoner-turned-president. (AP Photo/ Debbie Yazbek, Nelson Mandela Foundation)
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In this photo provided by the Nelson Mandela Foundation on Tuesday, June 21, 2011, US First Lady Michelle Obama, left, with former South African President Nelson Mandela, at this home, in Houghton, South Africa. First lady Michelle Obama and her family met with Nelson Mandela during a private visit at the former South African president's home. Mrs. Obama, daughters Malia and Sasha, and her mother, Marian Robinson, were viewing some of Mandela's personal papers at his foundation Tuesday when according to White House officials, he sent word that he wanted to meet them. It was Mrs. Obama's first meeting with the prisoner-turned-president. (AP Photo/ Debbie Yazbek, Nelson Mandela Foundation)
South African leader of the ANC Nelson Mandela in conversation with Dutch Queen Beatrix and her German born husband Prince Claus (l) on Saturday, June 16, 1990 at the Royal Palace in the Hague. Mandela is on a one-day visit in the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Rob Croese Nieuw Anefo)
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South African leader of the ANC Nelson Mandela in conversation with Dutch Queen Beatrix and her German born husband Prince Claus (l) on Saturday, June 16, 1990 at the Royal Palace in the Hague. Mandela is on a one-day visit in the Netherlands. (AP Photo/Rob Croese Nieuw Anefo)
Cuban President Fidel Castro, right, and African leader Nelson Mandela gesture during the celebration of the "Day of the Revolution" in Matanzas Saturday, July 27, 1991. Cubans celebrate 38th anniversary of the revolution.(AP Photo)
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Cuban President Fidel Castro, right, and African leader Nelson Mandela gesture during the celebration of the "Day of the Revolution" in Matanzas Saturday, July 27, 1991. Cubans celebrate 38th anniversary of the revolution.(AP Photo)
ZJOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 11: Oscar winning acress Charlize Theron wipes away tears as she meets former South African President Nelson Mandela at Mandela House following her Academy Awards success, on March 11, 2004 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Naashon Zalk/Getty Images)
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ZJOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 11: Oscar winning acress Charlize Theron wipes away tears as she meets former South African President Nelson Mandela at Mandela House following her Academy Awards success, on March 11, 2004 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Naashon Zalk/Getty Images)
BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI - APRIL 30: Former South African President Nelson Mandela (L) shakes hands with former Tutsi President of Burundi Pierre Buyoya (R) April 30, 2003 in Bujumbura, Burundi. Burundi's new Hutu President Domitien Ndayizeye was sworn in at the Palace of Congres in front of other heads of state and representatives of the Great Lakes region in East Africa. As per the Arusha agreement Ndayizeye, of the Hutu tribe, will hold the position of President for a period of 18 months, as did former President Pierre Buyoya, of the Tutsi tribe. The transitional government is part of a peace deal aimed at ending the civil war that has been ongoing in Burundi for ten years. (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)
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BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI - APRIL 30: Former South African President Nelson Mandela (L) shakes hands with former Tutsi President of Burundi Pierre Buyoya (R) April 30, 2003 in Bujumbura, Burundi. Burundi's new Hutu President Domitien Ndayizeye was sworn in at the Palace of Congres in front of other heads of state and representatives of the Great Lakes region in East Africa. As per the Arusha agreement Ndayizeye, of the Hutu tribe, will hold the position of President for a period of 18 months, as did former President Pierre Buyoya, of the Tutsi tribe. The transitional government is part of a peace deal aimed at ending the civil war that has been ongoing in Burundi for ten years. (Photo by Mark Renders/Getty Images)
MIDDELBURG, THE NETHERLANDS - JUNE 8:  Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok embraces former South African president Nelson Mandela at the presentation of the Four Freedoms Awards on June 8, 2002 in Middelburg, The Netherlands.  (Photo by Paul Vreeker/Getty Images)
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MIDDELBURG, THE NETHERLANDS - JUNE 8:  Dutch Prime Minister Wim Kok embraces former South African president Nelson Mandela at the presentation of the Four Freedoms Awards on June 8, 2002 in Middelburg, The Netherlands.  (Photo by Paul Vreeker/Getty Images)
US President George W. Bush and former South African president Nelson Mandela (L) offer their condolences to the relatives of the victims of American Airlines flight 587 with 246 passengers and nine crewmembers aboard which crashed in the Queens neighborhood of New York City, November 12, 2001, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Manny Ceneta/Getty Images)
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US President George W. Bush and former South African president Nelson Mandela (L) offer their condolences to the relatives of the victims of American Airlines flight 587 with 246 passengers and nine crewmembers aboard which crashed in the Queens neighborhood of New York City, November 12, 2001, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Manny Ceneta/Getty Images)
¡405141 25: Former South African President Nelson Mandela (2nd R) walks on stage to speak to the audience at the opening night ceremony for the first annual Tribeca Film Festival May 8, 2002 at City Hall in New York City. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) was also in attendance. The festival, which will showcase world premiere and independent films, runs May 8 through May 12. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
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¡405141 25: Former South African President Nelson Mandela (2nd R) walks on stage to speak to the audience at the opening night ceremony for the first annual Tribeca Film Festival May 8, 2002 at City Hall in New York City. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (L) was also in attendance. The festival, which will showcase world premiere and independent films, runs May 8 through May 12. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 27: Nelson Mandela with singer Bono at the Thanksgiving Dinner prior to the 46664 concert on November 27, 2003 in Cape Town, South Africa. The concert will take place on November 29th and will benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the fight against AIDS in Africa. Artists performing will include Bono, Queen, Peter Gabriel, The Eurythmics, Beyonce, Youssou N'Dour and many others. It will be one of the biggest rock events ever staged in Africa and will also be the most widely distributed media event in history with a potential audience of more than 2 billion people in 166 countries. (Photo by Getty Images)
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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 27: Nelson Mandela with singer Bono at the Thanksgiving Dinner prior to the 46664 concert on November 27, 2003 in Cape Town, South Africa. The concert will take place on November 29th and will benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the fight against AIDS in Africa. Artists performing will include Bono, Queen, Peter Gabriel, The Eurythmics, Beyonce, Youssou N'Dour and many others. It will be one of the biggest rock events ever staged in Africa and will also be the most widely distributed media event in history with a potential audience of more than 2 billion people in 166 countries. (Photo by Getty Images)
 Elected deputy President of the African National Congress Nelson Mandela, left, and President Robert Mugabe greet people at the Airport where Mr. Mandela arrived from Lusaka, Sunday, March 4, 1990, Harare, Zimbabwe. Mandela is on a World Tour. (AP Photo/John Parkin)
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Elected deputy President of the African National Congress Nelson Mandela, left, and President Robert Mugabe greet people at the Airport where Mr. Mandela arrived from Lusaka, Sunday, March 4, 1990, Harare, Zimbabwe. Mandela is on a World Tour. (AP Photo/John Parkin)
MIDDELBURG, THE NETHERLANDS - JUNE 8:  Dutch  (L-R)  Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former prime minister of Norway, former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela and Dutch Queen Beatrix attend the presentation of the Four Freedoms Awards on June 8, 2002 in Middelburg, The Netherlands.  (Photo by Paul Vreeker/Getty Images)
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MIDDELBURG, THE NETHERLANDS - JUNE 8:  Dutch  (L-R)  Gro Harlem Brundtland, the former prime minister of Norway, former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela and Dutch Queen Beatrix attend the presentation of the Four Freedoms Awards on June 8, 2002 in Middelburg, The Netherlands.  (Photo by Paul Vreeker/Getty Images)
Pope John Paul II, right, shakes hands with Nelson Mandela, deputy leader of African National Congress, during a private audience at the Vatican, Friday, June 15, 1990, Rome, Italy. (AP Photo/Claudio Luffoli)
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Pope John Paul II, right, shakes hands with Nelson Mandela, deputy leader of African National Congress, during a private audience at the Vatican, Friday, June 15, 1990, Rome, Italy. (AP Photo/Claudio Luffoli)
Rock star Bob Geldof, left, shares a joke with African National Congress President Nelson Mandela during a visit Monday, July 15, 1991 in Johannesburg. Geldof, the originator of the Live-Aid benefit rock concert, is on a four day visit to South Africa. (AP Photo/John Parkin)
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Rock star Bob Geldof, left, shares a joke with African National Congress President Nelson Mandela during a visit Monday, July 15, 1991 in Johannesburg. Geldof, the originator of the Live-Aid benefit rock concert, is on a four day visit to South Africa. (AP Photo/John Parkin)
African National Congress Vice President Nelson Mandela, left, shakes hands with Zulu Inkatha leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 1991, Durban, South Africa. Inkatha and the ANC met to discuss ways of solving the ongoing faction fighting between their organizations. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
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African National Congress Vice President Nelson Mandela, left, shakes hands with Zulu Inkatha leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 1991, Durban, South Africa. Inkatha and the ANC met to discuss ways of solving the ongoing faction fighting between their organizations. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
Nelson Mandela leaves the ceremony with Naomi Campbell and Johaan Rupert the Chairman of Richemont at the Laureus Sports Awards at the  Sporting Club Monte Carlo, Monaco on May 25, 2000. Mandatory Credit: Allsport/Getty Images
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Nelson Mandela leaves the ceremony with Naomi Campbell and Johaan Rupert the Chairman of Richemont at the Laureus Sports Awards at the  Sporting Club Monte Carlo, Monaco on May 25, 2000. Mandatory Credit: Allsport/Getty Images
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 29: Nelson Mandela with singer Dave Stewart, guitarist The Edge, and singer Bono at the "46664 - Give One Minute of Your Life to AIDS" concert at Greenpoint Stadium on November 29, 2003 in Cape Town, South Africa. The concert will benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the fight against AIDS in Africa. (Photo by Getty Images)
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CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 29: Nelson Mandela with singer Dave Stewart, guitarist The Edge, and singer Bono at the "46664 - Give One Minute of Your Life to AIDS" concert at Greenpoint Stadium on November 29, 2003 in Cape Town, South Africa. The concert will benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the fight against AIDS in Africa. (Photo by Getty Images)
Nelson Mandela, center, dances to African folk music during the rally and concert at the Hatch Shell on Boston?s Esplanade Saturday, June 23, 1990. Mandela was joined by U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, left, and Boston Mayor Ray Flynn. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Nelson Mandela, center, dances to African folk music during the rally and concert at the Hatch Shell on Boston?s Esplanade Saturday, June 23, 1990. Mandela was joined by U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy, left, and Boston Mayor Ray Flynn. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
S. African National Congress deputy president Nelson Mandela, right, shakes hands with Clarence Makwetu, president of the Pan Africanist Congress in Harare, Zimbabwe on April 15, 1991. The two leaders are meeting to bury their differences and find ways to fight a united campaign against apartheid in South Africa. (AP Photo/Sarah Jane Poole)
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S. African National Congress deputy president Nelson Mandela, right, shakes hands with Clarence Makwetu, president of the Pan Africanist Congress in Harare, Zimbabwe on April 15, 1991. The two leaders are meeting to bury their differences and find ways to fight a united campaign against apartheid in South Africa. (AP Photo/Sarah Jane Poole)

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