David Beckham Queued to See Queen Lying in State for Over 12 Hours

David Beckham met Queen Elizabeth quite a few times, but he joined the remainder of the general public to queue to pay his respects one last time.

“All of us need to be here together and experience and rejoice the amazing lifetime of our Queen. I feel that something like this today here together is supposed to be shared,” he told reporters. Beckham joined the queue at 2 A.M., and made it inside Westminster around 3:20 P.M.—a complete of over 13 hours within the queue.


He was pictured wearing a suit, newsboy cap, and a mask, and carried an umbrella with him. One person queuing tweeted, “The Queue is now filled with people attempting to photograph David Beckham and forgetting to really move onwards. It’s madness!”

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“This present day was all the time going to be difficult, and it’s difficult for the nation, it’s difficult for everybody all over the world, because I feel everyone seems to be feeling it, and our thoughts are with the family and clearly with everybody here today,” Beckham said. “Since it’s special to be here, to rejoice, and to listen to the several stories that folks need to say.”

In 2003, Queen Elizabeth appointed Beckham an OBE—Order of the British Empire—for his services to football.

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Queen Elizabeth meets David Beckham at Buckingham Palace in 2018.

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“Probably the most special moment for me was to receive my OBE. I took my grandparents with me, who were those that actually brought me as much as be an enormous royalist and a fan of the royal family, and clearly I had my wife there as well,” he shared. “To step up, to get my honour, but then also Her Majesty, to ask questions, to speak, I used to be so lucky that I used to be capable of have a number of moments like that in my life, to be around Her Majesty. Because we are able to all see with the love that has been shown, how special she is and the way special she was and the legacy that she leaves behind.”

“It’s a tragic day, however it’s a day for us to recollect the incredible legacy that she’s left,” Beckham concluded.

Beckham’s walk through Westminster Hall could possibly be viewed on the livestreams, and the British athlete looked emotional as he wiped away tears.

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Emily Burack (she/her) is the news author for Town & Country, where she covers entertainment, culture, the royals, and a spread of other subjects. Before joining T&C, she was the deputy managing editor at Hey Alma, a Jewish culture site. Follow her @emburack on Twitter and Instagram. 

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