The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will tour the new exhibit at London’s Southbank Centre.
The couple will be visiting the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition when it opens at Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Tuesday 17 July, Kensington Palace has confirmed in a statement.
The exhibition will be running in London until 19th August, and it will explore the life and times of the South African political leader in the year that will mark 100 years from his birth. It is based around six different themes-character, comrade, leader, prisoner, negotiator and statesman.
During the tour of the event, Duke and Duchess of Sussex will also be meeting with people who are associated with the exhibition and with Nelson Mandela’s work. Such people include the likes of Andrew Mlangeni, who spent 26 years imprisoned on Robben Island, and Thembi Tambo, South Africa’s High Commissioner to the UK and daughter of anti-apartheid politician Oliver Tambo, who was a close colleague of Mandela.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will visit the Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition at @SouthBankCentre‘s Queen Elizabeth Hall on Tuesday 17th July.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) July 2, 2018
Harry’s attendance at the official opening follows his tour from 2008 in Africa when he paid a visit to the prison cell in Robben Island which was Nelson Mandela’s home for 18 years. ‘Harry has read Mandela’s autobiography and idolizes him,’ an Army colleague said at the time, The Telegraph reported.
This isn’t the only royal engagement the couple has in the upcoming weeks. The couple will attend the ‘Your Commonwealth’ Youth Challenge Reception at Marlborough House in London on Thursday evening before they head off on a two-day trip to Ireland the following week.