Roz Purcell walks the red carpet with Kate and William at Nelson Mandela premiere

The Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the Royal Film Performance of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, at the Odeon Leicester Square, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday December 5, 2013. Photo credit should read: Chris Jackson/PA Wire
The Duchess of Cambridge arriving for the Royal Film Performance of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, at the Odeon Leicester Square, London.

TOP Irish model Roz Purcell rubbed shoulders with royalty at the premiere of the Mandela flick, Long Walk to Freedom last night.

The Irish model was a guest at the London premiere of the Mandela movie last night.

Wearing a stunning Junk Kouture Dress designed by student Cathy Brennan From  Ballybay Community College, it was the winning dress in a fashion and art competition for secondary school students across Ireland.

The top model tweeted afterwards at her shock of hearing of Mandela's passing.

"Went in to watch Nelson Mandelas a long walk to freedom... To hear at the end he passed away. What a legacy he has left."

She  joined Zindzi  Mandela a daugher of Nelson Mandela  at the premiere, who was  informed her 95-year-old father had died peacefully at home.

Screams rang out in the auditorium as the news was broken to her, although fellow audience members were not informed of the death until after the film.



Speaking before the screening of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom, Ms Mandela said her father was doing well, when asked about his health.

She said: "My father is fine. He's 95 years old and he is pretty frail. We are hoping to see more of him."

Jazelle Anderson, 22, who was in the cinema said that, when the film finished and the news was broken to them, "Everyone was completely shocked - completely shocked.

"There was a lot of crying."

After the film, Idris Elba, who plays Mandela, took to the stage with producer Harvey Weinstein to hold a moment's silence to honour the great man.

The star later released a statement, which said: "What an honour it was to step into the shoes of Nelson Mandela and portray a man who defied odds, broke down barriers, and championed human rights before the eyes of the world.

"My thoughts and prayers are with his family."

The Duke of Cambridge, with Kate beside him, also gave a sombre tribute after leaving the cinema.

"It was extremely sad and tragic news," he said.

Sue Whiston, 52, who watched the film, said "The film was amazing, but it was just a complete change of atmosphere when suddenly it was announced that he'd died. People just started crying."

Damian McCarthy, 45, said: "I've never felt an atmosphere like that. It was unbelievable. It went from being quite a high-spirited occasion to absolute silence - stunned silence.

"It's one of those moments where people say, 'Do you remember where you were?' It's definitely put a bit of a bizarre twist on the premiere."




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