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He may be on first name terms with Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, but Nelson Mandela would never let his status go to his head.

This is one of the many lessons the former South African president has passed on to his grandchildren, who -- in a series of exclusive interviews with CNN -- reveal a man dedicated to instilling his family with his own boundless humility.

"Over the years he has taught me patience, wisdom. Taught us as grandchildren to be patient," says Mandla, who at 33 is Mandela's oldest grandson. Read full article »