Photos: The life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu during a press conference in South Africa at St Georges Cathedral in Cape Town. (Photo credit should read JENNIFER BRUCE/AFP/Getty Images)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu was a much-loved figure around the world – principally for his role in South Africa’s struggle against apartheid.

Here, we look back on the life of the Nobel Peace Prize winner, who has died aged 90.

Photos: The life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Desmond Tutu received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his non-violent fight against white minority rule in South Africa
Photos: The life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Tutu, with his wife Leah is at his side, laughs after being appointed Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town in 1986
Photos: The life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Tutu, the first black Archbishop of Cape Town, visiting Kagiso township, west of Johannesburg, circa 1990
Photos: The life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Tutu applauds as he watches Nelson Mandela and South African President FW de Klerk receive the Nobel Peace Prize for ending Apartheid in South Africa, 1993
Photos: The life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Tutu with the Queen and South African President Nelson Mandela (right) in Cape Town in 1995
Photos: The life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Tutu took to the stage during the London Celebrates A Decade Of South African Freedom celebrations in 2004. He told a cheering crowd: “We are free. We are free.”
Photos: The life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
During the launch of his biography, Tutu: The Authorised Portrait, in 2011, the Archbishop danced at St George’s Cathedral in Cape Town – the day before his 80th birthday
Photos: The life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Tutu was for decades a friend of former South African President Nelson Mandela, and became emotional while speaking at his funeral in 2013
Photos: The life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
In 2013, then-US President Barack Obama took a tour of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation Youth Centre in Cape Town
Photos: The life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Spiritual leader Dalai Lama seen here in 2015 sharing his birthday cake with Tutu at the Tibetan Children’s Village School in Dharmsala, India
Photos: The life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Tutu met Harry and Meghan – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – and their baby son Archie Mountbatten-Windsor in 2019
Photos: The life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Leah Tutu dances next to her husband (right, seated) during a church service to celebrate his 90th birthday in Cape Town, 2021
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