Mandela nominated for top English honorary title

Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been nominated for England's most ancient military honour -- Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports.
The Cinque Ports was a confederation of five harbours that led Britain's naval defence.
The ports guarded the English Channel from enemy ships and supplied ships to the king.
The role, which is now only ceremonial, has for almost 1,000 years been given to English nobles.
The last to hold the title was the Queen Mother, but it has been vacant since her death in 2002.
But the speaker of the Cinque Ports and Mayor of Sandwich, Joe Trussler, has suggested the office be open to international public figures, media reports said Thursday.
The Confederation of the Cinque of Ports then drew up a list of nominees that includes Mandela, former US President Bill Clinton, former Conservative Prime Minister John Major, the Duke of York and Princess Anne.
A decision on the award would be made by the end of February.

15 january 2004 16:58:00

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