England football legend David Beckham queued for 13 hours to pay his respects to the Queen
England football legend David Beckham paid his respects to Queen Elizabeth II on Friday afternoon after queuing for hours alongside other members of public.
The football star was seen inside Westminster Corridor, where the late ruler’s body is lying in state, at around 3:25 p.m. Friday evening, over 13 hours after he was first seen in the line.
Speaking to reporters while still queuing earlier on Friday, Beckham said he had been waiting for more than 12 hours.
“We as a whole need to be here together, we as a whole need to encounter something where we commend the astonishing existence of our Sovereign,” Beckham said.
“You know something like this today is meant to be shared together. So, you know the fact that we’ve been here. We’re eating Pringles. We’re eating Sherbet Lemons, sandwiches and coffee,” the football player continued.
Speaking to a reporter from ITV News, Beckham said he “grew up in a household of royalists” and had come on behalf of his grandparents who he said would have queued if they were still alive.
Beckham described that he was so fortunate to have met the Sovereign on various events, featuring the honor he felt to play for the public English football crew.
“You know I always wanted to represent my country, to be captain in my country, and every time that we stood there when we wore those Three Lion shirts, and I had my armband and we sang, you know, ‘God save our Queen.’ That was something that meant so much to us,” he said.
Dressed in a black suit, navy coat, and flat cap, Beckham said that despite being in the queue for more than 12 hours, his “knees were OK,” though the same couldn’t be said for his back.
Beckham has showed up in selfies with fans via online entertainment, and one lady who had lined close by Beckham for a really long time let journalists know that she had “huge regard” for the athlete who she said, “had offered his appreciation anyway he needed.”
The queue snakes from Westminster Hall for miles along the south bank of the River Thames. It passes landmarks such as the London Eye, the Royal Festival Hall and the Globe theater.
Plans are set up for it to extend up to nine miles, or 14.5 kilometers. The line must be shut a few times on Friday in the wake of arriving at its ability. Starting around Friday evening, the public authority’s true tracker was educating holding up time concerning 24 hours.