David Beckham: ‘I thought coming at 2am it was going to be a little quieter’ – Beckham waits in line for hours to see Queen Elizabeth lying in state


David Beckham joined the queue to see Queen Elizabeth lying down at 2am today and looked emotional as he approached her coffin after a 1pm wait.

he former football star had joined thousands of others in the five-mile long queue.

The father-of-four finally approached his coffin around 3.30pm this afternoon and bowed his head as he paid his respects.

He previously told ITN News it was a sad day, paying tribute to the legacy left by the British monarch.

Meanwhile, footage shared on social media earlier showed other members of the Westminster Hall queue holding their phones aloft to capture a photo of the 47-year-old former footballer as he was waiting to pay homage.

One person tweeted: “The queue is now full of people trying to photograph David Beckham and forgetting to move forward.

” This is madness !

“I’m a little sorry for him, but he’s taking it very well.

“It almost made me forget that we were in the almost TWELVE HOUR queue.”

Meanwhile, Beckham, a keen royalist, said he felt “lucky” to have spent time with the Queen and recalled the special moment he received an OBE.

“To intervene, to get my honour, but also Her Majesty, to ask questions, to speak, I was so lucky to be able to have a few moments like that in my life, to be around Her Majesty,” said he declared. told ITV News.

“Because we can all see with the love that was shown, how special she is and how special she was and the legacy she leaves behind.

“It’s a sad day, but it’s a day for us to remember the incredible legacy she left behind.”

The former midfielder also recalled singing God Save the Queen with his teammates before their games against England as “something that meant so much to us”.

Speaking about joining the queue, he added: ‘I thought coming at 2am it was going to be a bit quieter – I was wrong.

Meanwhile, among other celebrities spotted in the queue was British TV presenter Susanna Reid.

The Good Morning Britain anchor, 51, attended the historic event on Thursday with her mother Sue, and said she had “lived a moment in history”.

Detailing her experience on Twitter, she said: ‘Evening – with my lovely mum and her very good friend, I just had a moment in history – seeing the Queen lying in state in Westminster Hall. Both majestic and peaceful.

His posts also shared advice for others in the queue, saying, “If you plan on queuing, here are our tips. We joined at 1.23pm near Butlers Wharf and entered Westminster Hall at 8.43pm – 7.20am. Wear the most comfortable shoes you own. Go with someone if you can, although everyone in the queue was friendly.

“Don’t carry too much in a bag – water is available for free and there are plenty of cafes along the road. Also plenty of toilets. I put my phone in low battery mode and it lasted the whole time.

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