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Social media shows Tutu love on 88th birthday

As part of Tutu's 88th birthday celebrations, scores of people are expected to gather at the Cape Town City Hall on Monday evening for the 9th Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture.

FILE: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Picture: @TutuLegacy/Twitter

CAPE TOWN - Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu celebrates his 88th birthday today.

Scores of people from across the globe have taken to social media to wish the beloved human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate well on his special day.

Last year, Tutu spent his birthday in hospital.

At 88-years-old, one of South Africa's most loved icons, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, is still known for his kindness, broad smile and infectious laughter.

The Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is very seldom seen in the public eye but made an appearance late last month to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and their baby, Archie.

The Arch lovingly cooed over the young royal in his mother's arms after planting a kiss on the baby's forehead.

As part of Tutu's 88th birthday celebrations, scores of people are expected to gather at the Cape Town City Hall on Monday evening for the 9th Annual Desmond Tutu International Peace Lecture.

All other celebrations will be held in the privacy of the Arch's home.

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