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Fun fact: England also celebrates Thanksgiving! Well, kind of. It's not exactly like an American Thanksgiving—there are obvious differences when it comes to the historical roots and as far as we know, they don't use it as an excuse to eat until the basic act of breathing becomes a cardio workout. But it is also a time to give thanks.

And in this specific case, it's a time to celebrate Nelson Mandela

Prince Harry will reportedly represent the Queen at a service to celebrate the life of the former South African president, who died in December 2013, at the National Service of Thanksgiving on Monday at Westminster Abbey.

Nelson Mandela

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The service will be broadcast by the BBC and will also include a speech by South African social rights activist and retired Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu.

Harry's brother Prince William and sister-in-law Kate Middleton stopped by South Africa House in Trafalgar Square to pay their respects to Mandela shortly after his death. The new parents first learned of Mandela's passing while attending the royal screening of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.

As they stepped out of the theater, Prince William told reporters that Mandela was an "extraordinary and inspiring" man and that his death was "extremely sad and tragic news."

He added, "My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family right now."

Meanwhile, Prince Charlesreleased a statement after Mandela's passing, saying, "Mr Mandela was the embodiment of courage and reconciliation. He was also a man of great humour and had a real zest for life. With his passing, there will be an immense void not only in his family's lives, but also in those of all South Africans.

"The world has lost an inspired leader and a great man. My family and I are profoundly saddened and our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

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