Former England football captain David Beckham has joined the huge queues in London to get past the coffin of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
The ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid star told Sky News he had joined tens of thousands of people snaking their way towards Westminster Hall to celebrate Britain’s ‘special’ Queen.
Elizabeth’s death has sparked an outburst of emotion across the country, with people lining up for hours, many all night, to pay their respects to the late monarch, who died last week.
The queue was temporarily halted today after a park at the end of the line along the River Thames reached capacity, the Government said.
Mr Beckham, 47, was spotted wearing a dark flat cap, suit and tie as he waited in line to pay his respects.
“That day was always a difficult day,” he told Sky News. “Our thoughts are with the family – it’s very special to hear all the stories from people here.
“The special moment for me was receiving my OBE (Order of the British Empire Honor of the Queen, which he received in 2003). I took my grandparents, who were great royalists.
“I’ve been so lucky to have had a few moments like this in my life to be with Her Majesty. It’s a sad day, but an unforgettable day.”
Mr Beckham said he queued in the early hours hoping to avoid the main onslaught but was thwarted in his plan.
“I thought if I came at 2am it would quiet down a bit – I was wrong,” he told ITV News.
The former footballer said there was something special every time the national anthem was played at England games.
“Every time we stood there wearing those Three Lions shirts and I wore my armband and we sang ‘God Save Our Queen’ it meant so much to us,” he told ITV.
Mr Beckham was among a host of sports stars from across the UK and world to pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth last week after her death aged 96.
On Monday morning, the Queen will be honored at Westminster Abbey with Britain’s first state funeral in almost six decades, attended by more than 2,000 guests.
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