Former England captain and Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham joined the thousands who queued to see Queen Elizabeth II in state on Friday, queuing for more than 13 hours to pay his respects to the longtime monarch prove.
Beckham, 47, was spotted in the huge line that has formed on the streets of London as mourners take a last look at the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall ahead of her funeral on Monday.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder said he had been queuing since around 2.15am BST when he was interviewed by news teams on Friday afternoon.
He spoke of eating chips, candy, and donuts with his fellow contestants to keep their energy up.
Television footage of Westminster Hall showed Beckham, who met the Queen on several occasions during her 70-year reign, She looked tear-streaked as he waited to walk past her coffin.
When Beckham stopped at the coffin to pay his respects at around 3:25pm BST, he bowed his head and closed his eyes for a moment.
Beckham received an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to football from the Queen in 2003 and has spoken of his pride in singing “God Save The Queen” before games against England.
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“I grew up in a royalist household and was brought up that way, albeit my grandparents [had] I was here today, I know they would have loved to be here so I’m here on their behalf and on behalf of my family and of course to celebrate with everyone else here,” Beckham told ITV News.
“How many times I’ve been able to meet her throughout my career and I’ve been very fortunate … to represent my country, to be my country’s captain.
“Every time we stood there wearing those Three Lions shirts and I had my armband and we sang ‘God Save Our Queen,’ it meant so much to us and every time we did it was special.
“Probably the most special moment for me was when I received my OBE and received my OBE… Performing, getting my honors, but then also Her Majesty, asking a question and speaking, I was so lucky I was able to a few such.” have moments in my life.”
Beckham made 115 appearances for England and scored 17 goals for his country from 1996 to 2009, appearing in three World Cups.
During his glittering career, which saw him play for United, Madrid, LA Galaxy, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain, he won six Premier League titles and the Champions League among multiple honors before retiring in 2013.
Information from Reuters contributed to this report.
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