Football icon David Beckham has proven once again why he is so popular with the British people after waiting 12 hours in the queue to visit Queen Elizabeth II's coffin to pay his respects.
The 47-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder made social media waves when those lining up were stunned to see Beckham join them in the queue.
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Attention made its way to the media and he was eventually interviewed after fellow queuers said he joined them around 2.15 am local time.
"We all want to be here together, we all want to experience something where we celebrate the amazing life of our queen. Something like this today is meant to be shared together," Beckham told reporters.
Beckham was wearing a dark flat cap and a dark suit with a black tie.
The sport and fashion icon shared food with his fellow queuers and talked about trying to keep everyones spirits up during the long wait.
"I thought by coming at 2am it was going to be a little bit quieter. I was wrong," Beckham said with a smile.
"Everybody had that in mind. But there are people of all ages...everybody wants to be here and be a part of this experience.
"And celebrate what Her Majesty has done for us."
He told ITV that he shared a special moment with the Queen and his grandparents, which stood out to him.
"The most special moment for me was to receive my OBE (Order of British Empire). I took my grandparents with me who were huge royalists," Beckham said.
"I was so lucky that I was able to have a few moments like that in my life to be around Her Majesty. It's a sad day, but a day to remember."
Beckham garnered plenty of social media attention for queuing up with his fellow Brits.
Many also claimed he showed his class, considering many celebrities had the opportunity to skip the line.
One lady in the line said Beckham had been wonderful, despite the attention he had garnered.
"Big respect to him, he's stood with us and he's paid his respects how he wants to and I think that's amazing," she told the BBC.
Good for him. Tons of pols and VIPs cutting the line to pay their respects to the Queen but not David Beckham. https://t.co/tWYF82IGgK
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) September 16, 2022
David Beckham queued for over 9 HOURS since 2am to see The Queen’s coffin. This is even more special when you consider the fact that he waived his VIP privilege to avoid the queue. WHAT A LEGEND HE IS ❤️ #Beckham #TheQueen pic.twitter.com/RZhNEcXAil
— Adam Smithy (@AdamJSmithy) September 16, 2022
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
David Beckham queued overnight - 13 hrs - alongside tens of thousands of others to pay tribute to the Queen. A superstar celebrity, who in this moment of national mourning, was just like everyone else. For me, it’s the perfect gesture. Find it strangely moving (& uplifting) https://t.co/kt98ucNp0p
— Beth Rigby (@BethRigby) September 16, 2022
David Beckham queueing 12hrs to pay respects to the Queen – further proof that he is, fundementally, one of life's good guys. https://t.co/JuIcpqRDpO
— Harry Wallop (@hwallop) September 16, 2022
After waiting more than 12 hours in line, David Beckham pays his respects to the Queen. pic.twitter.com/9GqxkEd0Au
— Mike Sington (@MikeSington) September 16, 2022
David Beckham joined the queue to see the Queen's coffin at 0145 am Friday morning. If he looks like a man who has been up all night - he has. Full credit to this man who could have played the VIP card. He is a credit to our nation, and his Queen. pic.twitter.com/Gc8VQSETGn
— Tony Parsons (@TonyParsonsUK) September 16, 2022
Without being all "Wah, it's actually hard to be a celebrity", for David Beckham to come alone, and queue for ten hours, when everyone would recognise him, is pretty ballsy. GOLDENBALLSY
— Caitlin Moran (@caitlinmoran) September 16, 2022
Always knew David Beckham was a good guy but the respect he has shown to both the British people and the Royal Family by joining the queue and then quietly paying his respects to the Queen. What a man!! pic.twitter.com/zHkuyXshgR
— Delilah (@dthecosplayer) September 16, 2022
David Beckham OBE has joined the queue to see Queen Elizabeth II Lying-in-State.
Like everybody else, he will have to wait in line for at least 14 hours and will not enter Westminster Hall until tomorrow morning.
— Royal Central (@RoyalCentral) September 16, 2022
Television footage of Westminster Hall showed Beckham, who met the queen several times during her 70-year reign, looked tearful as he waited to file past her coffin.
An emotional Beckham bowed his head and closed his eyes for a moment during the tribute.
Queues to visit the Queen's coffin extended to a 14 hour wait at one stage as it snaked its way for kilometres through central London to parliament's Westminster Hall.
Some 750,000 people in total are expected to file past the coffin before Monday morning.
David Beckham's tribute to the Queen
Last week, Beckham paid tribute to the Queen in a social media post.
"How devastated we all feel today shows what she meant to people in this country and around the world. How much she inspired us with her leadership," he wrote.
"How she comforted us when times were tough."
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