- David Beckham is seen in a queue of people waiting to see the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall.
- The soccer star said he joined the queue, which reportedly lasts 8 hours at 2 a.m. on Fridays.
- The queen’s coffin is available for public viewing until Monday, when her funeral takes place.
David Beckham joined hours-long queues to pay respects to Queen Elizabeth II on Friday morning as her coffin lies in state at Westminster Hall.
The soccer star told ITV broadcasters on Friday that he has become “a huge fan of the royal family”, which is why he wanted to pay tribute to the Queen while her coffin sits in Westminster Hall. The coffin of the monarch, who died on September 8 at the age of 96, was brought from Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, where it will remain until his funeral on Monday.
Speaking to ITV, the 47-year-old Beckham said he thought he could avoid the crowd by joining the queue at 2 a.m.
“I thought coming at 2 o’clock would calm it down a bit. I was wrong,” he said. “It was on everyone’s mind.”
“There are people of all ages here. An 84-year-old woman was walking around. A 90-year-old gentleman was walking,” Beckham said. “Everyone wants to come here to be a part of this experience and celebrate what Her Majesty has done for us.”
Pictures of Beckham have also been shared on Twitter. a user, Christopher Ansteyshared a selfie taken with the football star, which showed that Beckham chose to wear a formal suit, black tie and flat hat for the occasion.
—Christopher Anstee (he/him) (@MrChrisAnstee) September 16, 2022
According to the BBC, during her ITV interview, Beckham also elaborated on her personal experiences meeting the Queen when she was made an OBE, one of those who accomplished “outstanding achievement or service to the community” in 2003. It was an honor to be given. ,
The former England football team said, “To grow up, I have a wife too, to have my respect and to speak to Her Excellency. To ask a question. I was very fortunate to have such moments in my life.” said the captain.
Beckham’s decision to wait in line with the public came after Sky News reported that some British politicians had been allowed to leave the line.
Representatives for Beckham did not immediately respond to an insider’s request for comment.