3 former PM`s to accompany Cameron for Mandela`s memorial

In a rare tribute to Nelson Mandela, all three surviving former British premiers will travel abroad with Prime Minister David Cameron to attend the memorial service for the anti-apartheid icon in South Africa on Tuesday.

London: In a rare tribute to Nelson Mandela, all three surviving former British premiers will travel abroad with Prime Minister David Cameron to attend the memorial service for the anti-apartheid icon in South Africa on Tuesday.

Former Conservative party Prime Minister Sir John Major, Labour`s Tony Blair and Gordon Brown will accompany Prime Minister Cameron at the service at Johannesburg`s FNB Stadium, the scene of the anti-apartheid leader`s last public appearance before the 2010 World Cup Final.

UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and the leader of the Opposition Labour Party Ed Miliband will also join scores of world leaders at the event as UK representatives.

Prince Charles will represent Queen Elizabeth II at the funeral in Qunu on Sunday. He will be accompanied by his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, although the couple will not attend the memorial.

The Queen, who is 87, has been advised against long-haul flights and has therefore decided not to travel to Mandela`s memorial events.

At least 91 heads of state have already confirmed their attendance and more were believed to be coming for the memorial, expected to be attended by about 80,000 people.

Among the world leaders who will be present for the memorial are US President Barack Obama and United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon.

Mandela`s body will then lie in state at South Africa`s seat of government, the Union Buildings in Pretoria, until he is laid to rest at a state funeral at his hometown of Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

The disclosure of the British representatives at the memorial came as MPs honoured the memory of the former the South African president in the House of Commons here today.

Meanwhile, more than 1,000 UK viewers have complained about the "excessive" coverage of Mandela`s death on BBC services.

"Nelson Mandela was a hugely significant world leader with an enormous political and cultural influence across the world. His death is of considerable interest to our audiences at home and across the globe," a BBC spokesperson said in defence.

The former South African president and African National Congress leader died last Thursday at the age of 95.