David Beckham waited 12 hours in line to pay respects to queen

He may be Mr. Posh Spice, but David Beckham didn’t seek posh treatment when it came time to pay his respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The former football star waited more than 12 hours in line at the Houses of Parliament, where the Queen’s coffin rests, on Friday since he left Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. The coffin was carried in a horse-drawn carriage drawn by grieving family members. It was placed for viewing in Westminster Hall in the Houses of Parliament.

A BBC reporter spotted the football legend on Friday and interviewed him on video as his part of the line approached the building. The line of mourners stretches nearly 5 miles along the River Thames, with waits lasting up to 24 hours.

“We all partied and shared stories,” Beckham said as the guards moved his part of the line. He and those around him have been waiting for about 12 hours since 2:15 am

“To be honest, it was what we all envisioned,” said the 47-year-old athlete. “We all want to be here together, we all want to experience something where we celebrate the amazing life of our Queen.

“I think something like that should be shared today,” he continued. “So the fact that we’ve been here, we eat Pringles, we eat Sherbet Lemons, you know, we eat sandwiches, drink coffee, donuts.”

The crowd giggled as he listed all the snacks they had shared.

“Great respect for him,” said a woman standing in line near Beckham, which was occupied by several people. “He stood by us and showed us his respect as he wanted. That is amazing. It was just really good.”

Wearing a white shirt and black tie, Beckham bowed briefly in front of the coffin before exiting Westminster Hall.

“We have been fortunate as a nation to have someone who has guided us for the time as Her Majesty has guided us with kindness, caring and always reassuring,” he told reporters. “I think that’s the one thing we’ve all felt safe about and we’re going to continue that with the royal family. But I think [Her] Majesty was special and will be missed, not just by everyone in our country but by everyone around the world.”

Beckham also spoke to the BBC when he was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in June 2003 for his services to football (known of course as football in Britain).

“To get my OBE I took my grandparents – who really raised me to be a huge royalist and fan of the royal family – and of course I had my wife [Victoria Beckham] there too,” he said. “To appear to get my honor – but then also, Your Majesty, to ask questions, to speak. I’ve been so fortunate to have had a few moments like this in my life to be with Her Majesty.”

Victoria Beckham confirmed the Queen’s death on social media on September 8.

“Today is a very sad day for the whole world,” the former Spice Girl tweeted. “I am deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved monarch, Her Majesty the Queen. She will be remembered for her unwavering loyalty and service and my thoughts are with the Royal Family at this moment.”

King Charles III and his siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, will stand guard around the flag-draped coffin on Friday night. The Queen’s eight grandchildren – Prince William and Prince Harry, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, and Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn – will keep vigil for 15 minutes on Saturday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral service will begin at 3am Pacific time on Monday at Westminster Abbey, with formalities beginning shortly before that when the coffin is brought from the hall into the Abbey.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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