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Published 11/12/2013 | 11:16

British supermodel Naomi Campbell reacts after viewing the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
British supermodel Naomi Campbell reacts after viewing the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela.
Former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, right, speaks during a press conference alongside British model Naomi Campbell in Barcelona, Spain, before the 'Frock and Roll' benefit concert to raise money for the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund.
President Higgins with Bono at the Union Buildings in Pretoria this morning, both having paid their respects at the remains of former President Nelson Mandela
Actress Charlize Theron waits with musician Bono for the memorial service for former South African president Nelson Mandela
Musician Bono walks between his wife Ali Hewson (2nd L) and Zelda La Grange (2nd R), former assistant of former South African President Nelson Mandela, after viewing Mandela's coffin as he lies in state at the Union Buildings in Pretoria
Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, left, and Nelson Mandela's former assistant, Zelda le Grange leave after paying their respects to former South African President Nelson Mandela
Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson, left, and Nelson Mandela's former assistant, Zelda le Grange walk past the casket of former South African President Nelson Mandela

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.

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