David Beckham took some time out of his supposedly busy schedule to pay his respects to the late Queen of England on Friday, September 16. The famous footballer reportedly waited in line for more than 13 hours, along with the others of Queen Elizabeth II mourners to pay their respects.
Reuters reports that Beckham joined the line at 2:15 a.m. He told reporters on stage later that day: “We all want to be here together, we all want to experience something where we celebrate the amazing life of our Queen. Something like that today is meant to be shared together.” He also mentioned that they eat with others in line to keep up their energy while waiting for their turn.
The outlet reports that a live feed from Westminster Hall showed Beckham arriving at the Queen’s coffin at around 3.25pm, where he closed his eyes and bowed his head in a moment of silence.
Photographers caught Beckham leaving the building, dressed in black with a dark hat on his head and an umbrella in his hands.
Beckham took to Instagram after the monarch’s death to express his sadness, writing: “I am truly saddened by the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. What an outpouring of love and respect we saw for the platinum anniversary of her life of service. How devastated we all feel today shows what she meant to people in this country and around the world. How much you have inspired us with your leadership. How he comforted us when times were hard. Until her last days, she served her country with dignity and grace. This year she would know how much she was loved. My thoughts and prayers are with our royal family…”
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He also told reporters how lucky he was to have had a few moments in his life to ‘be around Her Majesty’ and it was an honor to be there to celebrate her life.
Twitter users admired the celebrity for waiting her turn, especially when other notable figures jumped the queue to avoid the others who were in line.
a journalist Tony Parsons wrote“David Beckham joined the queue to see the Queen’s coffin at 0145am on Friday morning. If he looks like someone who was up all night – he is. Full credit to this guy who could play the VIP card. He is an honor to our nation and its Queen.”
“Without being like, ‘Wow, it’s actually hard to be a celebrity,’ David Beckham coming by himself and waiting in line for ten hours when everyone’s going to recognize him is pretty stupid.” GOLDENBALLSY,” wrote another.