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David Beckham Waits to Pay Respects to Queen Elizabeth II

On Friday, soccer legend David Beckham queued with 1000’s of mourners outdoors Westminster Hall for greater than 12 hours as he waited to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen is mendacity in state inside Westminster Hall till her funeral on Monday. For now, individuals all over the world — together with well-known faces like Beckham — are taking this time to honor the one monarch most of them have ever recognized.

For Beckham, ready in line was each a approach to “celebrate the amazing life” of the Queen, and to act as a stand-in for his late grandparents who he advised reporters would have been there in the event that they have been alive. According to the 47-year-old, he comes from a household of royalists. “I know that they would have wanted to be here, so I’m here on their behalf, and on behalf of my family,” he advised ITV News.

“We all want to be here together. We all want to experience something where we celebrate the amazing life of our queen and I think something like this today is meant to be shared together.”

In a video posted by BBC reporter Vicki Young on Twitter, Beckham shared what it was like to wait side-by-side with so many different mourners all through the day. “We’ve all been celebrating and telling stories,” he mentioned. “We’re all going through this. To be honest, it’s what we all envisioned. We all want to be here together. We all want to experience something where we celebrate the amazing life of our queen and I think something like this today is meant to be shared together. The fact that we’ve been here, we’re eating Pringles, we’re eating sherbet lemons, we’re eating sandwiches, having coffee, donuts.”

He continued, “This day was always going to be difficult, and it’s difficult for the nation, it’s difficult for everyone around the world, because I think everyone is feeling it, and our thoughts are with the family and obviously with everybody here today.”

Beckham additionally revealed he joined the queue round 2:00 a.m. considering he would miss the crowds. However, finally everybody else had the identical concept. Seeing the athlete stand with the gang made an influence on these round him. One mourner advised the BBC that they’d nothing however respect for Beckham after standing with him all day. “He’s stood with us and he’s paid his respects how he wants to and I think that’s amazing,” they mentioned.

In addition to ready in line to pay his respects, Beckham — who beforehand met the Queen on multiple event — penned a tribute to the monarch on Sept. 8, the day she died. “I’m truly saddened by the death of Her Majesty, The Queen,” he wrote on Instagram, alongside a pictures of the Queen. “What an outpouring of love and respect we saw for the Platinum Jubilee for her life of service. How devastated we all feel today shows what she has meant to people in this country and around the world. How much she inspired us with her leadership. How she comforted us when times were tough. Until her last days she served her country with dignity and grace. This year she would have known how loved she was. My thoughts and prayers are with our Royal Family…”

See the gallery for pictures from Beckham’s time ready in line to honor Queen Elizabeth.

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