David Beckham queued for 12 hours to pay tribute to the Queen

Retired footballing great David Beckham lined up for 12 hours with thousands of others on Friday to pay his respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II, who lay in state in London’s Westminster Hall ahead of her funeral on Monday September 19.

The 47-year-old London-born athlete told . that he felt it was appropriate to stand alongside his fellow citizens to honor the late monarch, who died on September 8 in Scotland aged 96.

“I think that’s what I’ve always wanted to do, honestly,” Beckham said. “I think we’re all here to celebrate Her Majesty, our Queen, so I think it’s special to experience something like this together. That’s what she would have wanted. »

David Beckham quitte Westminster Hall.
Retired footballer David Beckham queued for 12 hours outside Westminster Hall to pay his respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II. Louisa Gouliamaki/Getty Images

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid player, who wore a dark suit and cap outside Westminster Hall, said everyone waiting in the queue – which stretched over eight miles on Friday, forcing officials to dismiss some mourners – wanted to share the experience. together.

“To be honest, that’s what we all imagined, you know, we all want to be here together. We all want to experience something where we celebrate an incredible life, that of our queen.

“I think something like this today is meant to be shared together, so you know we’re here, we’re eating Pringles, we’re eating Sherbert lemons, we’re eating sandwiches, having coffees, donuts too, ” he added.

Christopher Anstee, 47, of Cardiff, Wales, who was standing close to Beckham in the line, took the opportunity to take a selfie with the footballing great.

“We come to pay homage to the Queen and just before entering we meet the handsome Mr Beckham. Got the #Starstruck pic but respectfully x #DavidBeckham #Queen,” Anstee wrote alongside the image, which he posted on Twitter.

Anstee told NBC News he also stood in line for 12 hours to pay his respects to the late monarch.

Members of the public line up on the South Bank as they line up to pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Members of the public line up on the South Bank as they line up to pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II.ODD ANDERSEN / Getty Images

“The experience at the end was worth every minute. It was wonderful to personally pay tribute to a woman like we will never see her again,” Anstee said. “It was also wonderful to be a part of something the world will probably never see again. »

Beckham’s presence in the crowd only made the event more “special”, added Anstee.

“David was an absolute gentleman. He lifted the spirits of the crowd and made the long trip a little bit more special,” he said. “He didn’t fire anyone, smiled and enjoyed every interaction. A special day and more than one special moment. »

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