David Beckham joined the hours-long queue to pay respect to Queen Elizabeth II on Friday morning as her coffin continues to lie in state at Westminster Hall.
The soccer star told ITV broadcasters on Friday that he grew up a huge “fan of the royal family,” which is why he wanted to pay tribute to the Queen while her coffin sits in Westminster Hall. The casket of the monarch, who died aged 96 on September 8, was brought there from Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, where it will remain until her funeral on Monday.
Speaking to ITV, Beckham, 47, said he thought that by joining the queue at 2 a.m., he might have been able to avoid crowds.
“I thought by coming at 2 a.m. it was going to be a little bit quieter. I was wrong,” he said. “Everybody had that in mind.”
“The people here are all ages. There was an 84-year-old lady walking around. There was a 90-year-old gentleman walking around,” Beckham added. “Everybody wants to be here to be a part of this experience and celebrate what Her Majesty has done for us.”
Photos of Beckham have also been shared across Twitter. One user, Christopher Anstee, shared a selfie he took with the soccer star, showing Beckham chose to wear a formal suit, black tie, and flat cap for the occasion.
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We come to pay my respects to The Queen and just before we go in we get to meet the handsome Mr Beckham. I got the pic😍 #Starstruck but respectfully 😎 x #DavidBeckham #Queen pic.twitter.com/I19CeToc01— Christopher Anstee (he/him) (@MrChrisAnstee) September 16, 2022