English football legend David Beckham paid his respects to Queen Elizabeth II on Friday afternoon waiting for hours Along with other members of the audience.
The soccer star was seen inside Westminster Hall, where the late king’s body lies, at about 3:25 pm on Friday, more than 13 hours after he was first discovered in a waiting list.
Speaking to reporters while still lining up earlier on Friday, Beckham said he had been waiting for more than 12 hours.
“We all want to be here together, and we all want to experience something where we celebrate the amazing life of our Queen,” Beckham said.
“You know that something like today is meant to be shared together. So, you know for a fact that we were here. We eat Pringles. We eat lemon sorbet, sandwiches, and coffee,” the footballer continued.
Speaking to an ITV News reporter, Beckham said he “grew up in a house of royals” and came on behalf of his grandparents who he said would have queued up if they were still alive.
Beckham recounted how lucky he was to have met the Queen on a number of occasions, highlighting the honor he felt to play for the England national football team.
“You know I’ve always wanted to represent my country, to be a leader in my country, and every time we stood up when we were wearing the three lion shirts, and I had my wristband and we sang, you know, ‘God save our queen.’ It was something that meant a lot to me. us,” he said.
Wearing a black suit, dark blue coat and flat hat, Beckham said that despite being on the waiting list for more than 12 hours, his “knees were fine,” although the same couldn’t be said about his back.
Beckham has appeared in selfies with fans on social media, and a woman who queued next to Beckham for hours told reporters she had “a lot of respect” for the athlete, who she said “gave his respect as he wanted”.
Snakes queue from Westminster Hall for miles along the south bank of the Thames. It passes landmarks such as the London Eye, the Royal Festival Hall, and the Globe Theatre.
Plans were made to extend it up to nine miles, or 14.5 kilometers. The line had to be closed several times on Friday after reaching its capacity. As of Friday afternoon, the government’s official tracker advised a 24-hour wait time.
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