Nelson Mandela: Through the years

The former South African president has received international acclaim for his anti-colonial and anti-apartheid stance.
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Nelson Mandela leaves the Intercontinental Hotel after a photoshoot on June 26, 2008 in London, England.
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Nelson Mandela presented with a birthday cake during the Springboks and Bafana Bafana visit to the Nelson Mandela Foundation on August 4, 2008 in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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(From left to right) Sharon Stone, Sol Kerzner and Nelson Mandela laugh during a lunch to Benefit the Mandela Children's Foundation as part of the celebrations of the opening of the new One&Only Cape Town resort on April 3, 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay (right) shakes hands with Nelson Mandela during a lunch to Benefit the Mandela Children's Foundation as part of the celebrations of the opening of the new One&Only Cape Town resort on April 3, 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Nelson Mandela appears onstage during the 46664 concert in celebration of Nelson Mandela's life at Hyde Park on June 27, 2008 in London, England.
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Former South Africa President Nelson Mandela poses with the Webb-Ellis cup during the Springboks visit to Nelson Mandela at his residence on October 27, 2007 in Houghton, Johannesburg, South Africa.
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British Prime Minister Gordon Brown (left) applauds ex-South African President Nelson Mandela during a statue unveiling ceremony in Nelson Mandela's honour at Parliament Square on August 29, 2007 in London, England.
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Ex-South African President Nelson Mandela addresses the crowd during a statue unveiling ceremony in his honour at Parliament Square on August 29, 2007 in London, England.
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In this handout photograph supplied by the Conservative party, Party leader, David Cameron, meets with Nelson Mandela in the Nelson Mandela Foundation Offices on August 23, 2006 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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US President George W. Bush (right) meets with former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, in the Oval Office of the White House May 17, 2005 in Washington, DC. Mandela is on an official visit to the US, seeking support for the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust which supports African-based charities.
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A photograph of South African president Nelson Mandela with boxing great Muhammad Ali was auctioned for a million South African Rand (over $155,000) at the Thanksgiving Dinner prior to the 46664 concert on November 27, 2003 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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Former South African president Nelson Mandela (right) listens to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat 03 May 2001 after an their meeting at Mandela's Johannesburg office. Arafat came to South Africa to attend the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) meeting on the Middle East, which opened 03 May 2001.
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Former South African president Nelson Mandela (left) and UAE Defense Minister HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (rigth) attend the Emirates International Forum conference on economic development in Dubai 28 February 2000.
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Anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela smiles during a photo session after his first press conference since his release from jail, 12 February 1990 in Cape Town, South Africa.
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File photo of South African National Congress (ANC) leader Nelson Mandela and his then-wife Winnie at their wedding in 1957. This copy was taken from the family album.
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