UPDATE: Heads of State line up for Mandela farewell

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Former President Nelson Mandela dancing at a rally. eNCA

JOHANNESBURG – Ninety-one heads of state are scheduled to attend former president Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.

The International Relations department released a statement on Monday confirming that kings, queens, princes, princesses and representitives of the United Nations, European Union, Commonwealth, World Bank, IMF, African Union and the Vatican.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai
African Union Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma
Algeria Speaker of the Council of the Nation (Senate) Abdelkader Bensalah
Angola Vice President Manuel Vicente
Arab States League Amb Samir Hosny
Argentina Acting President Amado Boudou
Australia Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid
Bahamas Prime Minister Perry Christie
Belgium King Philippe
Benin President Boni Yayi
Botswana President Ian Khama
Brazil President Dilma Rousseff
Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza
Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Chad President Idriss Deby Itno
China Vice President Li Yuanchao
Commonwealth Kamalesh Sharma
Comores President Ikiliou Dhoinine
Congo (Republic of the Congo ) President Denis Sassou-Nguesso    
Congo (Democratic Republic of Congo) President Joseph Kabila
Cote d Ivoire President Allassane Ouattara
Croatia President Josipovic Ivo
Cuba President Raul Castro Ruz
Denmark Crown Prince Federick
Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh
Ethiopia Prime Minister Ato Hailemariam  Dessalegn
Equatorial Guinea President Obiang Mbasogo
European Council President Herman van Rompuy
France President Francois Hollande
Finland President Sauli Niinisto
Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba
Germany President Joachim Gauck    
Ghana President John Dramani Mahama
Guinea President Alpha Conde
Guyana President Donald Ramotar
India President Pranab Mukherjee
Ireland President Michael D Higgins
Italy Prime Minister Enrico Letta
Japan Crown Prince Naruhito
Jamaica Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller
Jordan Queen Rania Al Abdullah and Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour
Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta
Korea (South) Prime Minister Hongwon Chung
Lebanon Prime Minister Najib Mikati
Lesotho Prime Minister Tom Thabane
 Liberia  President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Luxembourg The Grand Duke Henry
Mauritius Prime Minister Navinchandra Ramgoolam
Mauritania President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz
Malawi President Joyce Banda
Mexico President Enrique Pena Nieto
Mozambique President  Armando Emilio Guebuza
Namibia President Hifikepunye Pohamba
Niger President Issoufou Mahamdou
New Zealand Prime Minister John Key
Nigeria, His Excellency Goodluck Jonathan, President
Niger President Mahamadou Issoufou
Norway Crown Prince Haakon
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain
Palestinian State President Mahmoud Abbas
Portugal President Anibal Cavaco Silva
Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Muqrin bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud
Saharawi Republic President Mohamed Abdelaziz
Senegal President Macky Sall
Serbia President Tomislav Nikolic
Seychelles President James Alix Michel
Spain Prince of Asturias Felipe de Borbon
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapaksa
Suriname President Desire Delano Bouterse
Slovenia President Borut Pahor
South Sudan President Salva Kir Mayardit
Sweden Princess Victoria
Switzerland President Ulrich Maurer
Swaziland Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini
Suriname President Desire Delano Bouterse
Tanzania President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete
Timor-Leste Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana
Tunisia President Mohamed Moncef Marzouki
Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar
The Gambia President Sheikh Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh
Uganda President Yoweri Kagota Museveni    
United Arab Emirates Minister of Culture - Sheikh Nayahan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan
United Kingdom Prince Charles and Prime Minister David Cameron
United States President Barack Obama
Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro Moros
Zimbabwe President Robert Gabriel Mugabe
Zambia President Michael Sata

Other high profile guests include musician Bono, television talk show host Oprah Winfrey, businessman Richard Branson and model Naomi Campbell.

The funeral of the international peace icon and anti-apartheid activist is said to be the biggest ever in history based on the number of confirmed heads of state.