Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton were attending the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom when they learned of Nelson Mandela’s death Thursday evening.

Prince William Honors Nelson Mandela

In keeping with her thrifty reputation, Middleton wore a white Roland Mouret gown she had previously worn in 2012. Though her appearance was dampened by grief when Mandela’s death was announced right after the screening.

“I just wanted to say it’s extremely sad and tragic news. We were just reminded what an extraordinary and inspiring man Nelson Mandela was. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family. It’s very sad,” Prince William said directly following the premiere.

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

The royals were guests of honor at the premiere of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, based on Mandela’s autobiography. Idris Elba, who stars as Mandela in the film, was also present, as was Zindzi, one of Mandela’s daughters.

“Tonight is extra special because this is my country, and when the royals come out to watch a film, it’s a big deal. I feel very proud that it’s my film, really proud," Elba told reporters on the red carpet.

After receiving the news that Mandela had died as a result of a chronic lung infection, Elba extended his condolences to Mandela’s family.

“We have lost one of the greatest human beings to have walked this earth, I only feel honored to be associated with him. He is in a better place now,” Elba said.

Olivia Truffaut-Wong

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