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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS -

Ac­cord­ing to Zelda le Grange’s mem­oir Good Morn­ing, Mr Man­dela, Madiba had a warm re­la­tion­ship with Queen El­iz­a­beth.

While most mor­tals would ad­dress the queen as “your majesty” and sub­se­quently “ma’am”, Man­dela called her by her first name.

“I was struck by the warm friend­ship be­tween Madiba and the queen,” wrote Le Grange, who served as Man­dela’s pri­vate sec­re­tary for more than a decade.

“‘Oh, El­iz­a­beth,’ he would say when he greeted her, and she would re­spond: Hello, Nel­son’.”

“I think he was one of the very few peo­ple who called her by her first name and she seemed to be amused by it.”

Af­ter Man­dela’s death the queen paid trib­ute to him, say­ing she fondly re­mem­bered “with great warmth my meet­ings with Mr Man­dela”.

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