Naomi Campbell’s tears as she bids a final farewell to Madiba
Published 11/12/2013 | 11:16
Supermodel Naomi Campbell and Bono were among the famous faces to pay respect to the late Nelson Mandela this morning.
President Michael D Higgins was also among those to pay respects and was pictured chatting to the U2 frontman.
They were pictured at the Union Buildings in Pretoria this morning where the body of the former South African president lies in state.
The picture of Bono and President Higgins, released by Áras an Uachtarain, shows the President looking pensive, while U2 star Bono stood out in a room full of suit-wearing officials as he sported a pair of sunglasses and a long scarf.
Campbell was pictured separately, leaving the Union Buildings.
She was wearing sunglasses, and appeared to be upset while an aide helped her.
In the past, she has referred to Mandela as her ‘grandfather’ and has been pictured by his side for numerous events over the years.
President Higgins will speak on behalf of European leaders at a special lunch marking the first day of Mandela lying in state.
Heads of state from around the world have been invited to the event in the South African capital Pretoria as thousands of people are expected to file past Mandela’s remains in the city's Union Buildings.
Mandela will lie in state in South Africa's main seat of power for the next three days.
A spokesman for the President said he had been asked to address the lunch by South African president Jacob Zuma on behalf of the heads of state of the European Union.
Mr Mandela will be moved to his final resting place on Sunday, when he will be buried at his childhood village of Qunu in Eastern Cape Province.