Mandela's body arrives at Qunu ahead of Sunday burial

People watch as the funeral cortege of former South African president Nelson Mandela passes through Qunu on its way to his family's rural home on Dec. 14, 2013.

QUNU, South Africa (Reuters) — The body of Nelson Mandela arrived at his ancestral home village of Qunu in South Africa's Eastern Cape on Saturday ahead of the anti-apartheid leader's state funeral set for the following day.

The coffin carrying the remains of South Africa's first black president was driven in a hearse from Mthatha airport, 450 miles south of Johannesburg, with a ceremonial military escort and cheered by crowds lining parts of the road.

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(Reporting by Ed Cropley; Editing by Pascal Fletcher)