Queen Elizabeth congratulates SA on 20 years democracy


FILE image of Britain's Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at Windsor Castle in southern England on April 11, 2014.

LONDON - Britain&39;s Queen Elizabeth II has congratulated South Africa on reaching 20 years of democracy, the British high commission said on Saturday.

"On the occasion of the Republic South Africa celebrating 20 years of democracy, it gives me great pleasure to send the people of South Africa my warmest congratulations," the Queen said in a statement.

"My family and I have enjoyed a special and significant relationship with South Africa over the years.

"The links between our two countries have deepened and matured since South Africa&39;s transition in 1994, and long may that continue."

Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague also sent messages of congratulations.

On April 27 South Africa will celebrate its 20th year as a democratic country. Celebrations are expected to take place country-wide.

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