David Beckham queued to see the Queen lie in state for over 12 hours

David Beckham met Queen Elizabeth several times, but he joined the rest of the public in queuing to pay his respects one last time.

“We all want to be here together and experience and celebrate the amazing life of our Queen. I think something like this today here together is meant to be shared,” he told reporters. Beckham joined the queue at 02.00 and reached inside Westminster around 15.20 – a total of over 13 hours in the queue.


He was pictured wearing a suit, newsboy cap and mask and carrying an umbrella. One person queuing tweeted: “The queue is now full of people trying to photograph David Beckham and actually forgetting to move on. It’s crazy!”

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“This day was always going to be difficult and it’s difficult for the nation, it’s difficult for everybody around the world because I think everybody feels that and our thoughts are with the family and obviously with everybody here today, Beckham said. “Because it’s special to be here, celebrating and hearing the different stories that people have to tell.”

In 2003, Queen Elizabeth appointed Beckham an OBE—Order of the British Empire—for his services to football.

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Queen Elizabeth meets David Beckham at Buckingham Palace in 2018.

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“The most special moment for me was receiving my OBE. I brought my grandparents with me who really brought me up to be a huge royalist and a fan of the royal family and of course I had my wife there too ,” he shared. “To step up, to have my honor, but also Her Majesty, to ask questions, to speak, I was lucky enough to have a few moments like that in my life, to be around Her Majesty. Because we can all see with the love that has been shown how special she is and how special she was and the legacy she leaves.”

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

Beckham’s walk through Westminster Hall could be seen on live streams, with the British athlete looking emotional as he wiped away tears.

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