David Beckham queues for 12 hours to see Queen lying in state


An emotional David Beckham said paying tribute to the Queen was “special” after queuing for 12 hours to see Elizabeth II lie in state.

The former England captain, 47, was among those who took their turn to walk past the coffin in Westminster Hall.

The footage showed him wiping away tears.

“It’s special to be here, to celebrate and to hear the different stories that people have,” he said later.

Beckham was presented with an OBE by the Queen in 2003 for services to football.

David Beckham, wife Victoria and his grandparents had a day to remember at Buckingham Palace in November 2003

He recalled: “To receive my OBE, I took my grandparents with me – they were the ones who really got me into being a royalist and a fan of the royal family – and of course I had my wife there too.

“To step up, to get my honor, but then also to His Majesty, to ask questions, to talk. I was very lucky because I was able to have some moments like that in my life, to be around His Majesty.

“Because with the love shown, we can all see how special he is and how special he was and the legacy he has left.

“It’s a sad day, but it’s a day for us to remember the incredible legacy he left behind.

“When we wore those three lions shirts and I had my armband and every time we sang God Save The Queen, that was something that meant so much to us.

“It was something special every time we did it.”

David Beckham leaves Westminster Hall after paying tribute to the Queen
Beckham said seeing Her Majesty lying in state was an emotional moment

Beckham joined the long queue on the River Thames at 2am on Friday and revealed that he and those around him were fed Pringles crisps, sherbet lemon candies, coffee and donuts during the wait.

“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 is meant to be shared together,” he said.

“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 feels it and our thoughts are with the family and obviously with everyone here today.

“I thought coming at 2 in the morning would be a bit quieter, I was wrong.”

David Beckham leaves Westminster Hall after paying tribute to the Queen
Beckham won 115 caps for England during his playing career