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The Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William attended the Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom UK premiere in London last night (December 5), with William paying tribute to the late leader following the sad news of his passing at the age of 95.

The Duchess, in a cream Roland Mouret gown, graced the red carpet with Prince William at the screening of the highly-anticipated biopic in Leicester Square.

Idris Elba plays Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom, which follows his journey from opposing apartheid to becoming South Africa's president.

Elba was also in attendance along with co-star Naomie Harris, who stars as Mandela's ex-wife Winnie.

Guests were informed of Mandela's death at the Royal Film Performance screening, with a two-minute silence being held at the end.

Prince William then addressed reporters in the foyer of the cinema following the news and said: "I just wanted to say it's extremely sad and tragic news. »

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