England football legend David Beckham paid his respects to Queen Elizabeth II on Friday afternoon after queuing for hours alongside different members of the public.
The football star was seen inside Westminster Hall, the place the late monarch’s physique is mendacity in state, at round 3:25 pm Friday afternoon, greater than 13 hours after he was first noticed in the queue.
Speaking to reporters whereas nonetheless queuing earlier on Friday, Beckham mentioned he had been ready for greater than 12 hours.
“We all need to be right here collectively, all of us need to expertise one thing the place we have a good time the wonderful lifetime of our Queen,” Beckham mentioned.
“You know one thing like this right this moment is supposed to be shared collectively. So, you realize the proven fact that we have been right here. We’re consuming Pringles. We’re consuming Sherbet Lemons, sandwiches and low,” the football participant continued.
Speaking to a reporter from ITV News, Beckham mentioned he “grew up in a family of royalists” and had come on behalf of his grandparents who he mentioned would have queued in the event that they had been nonetheless alive.
Beckham recounted how fortunate he was to have met the Queen on numerous events, highlighting the honor he felt to play for the nationwide English football group.
“You know I at all times needed to signify my nation, to be captain in my nation, and each time that we stood there after we wore these Three Lion shirts, and I had my armband and we sang, you realize, ‘God save our Queen .’ That was one thing that meant a lot to us,” he mentioned.
Dressed in a black go well with, navy coat, and flat cap, Beckham mentioned that regardless of being in the queue for greater than 12 hours, his “knees had been OK,” though the identical couldn’t be mentioned for his again.
Beckham has appeared in selfies with followers on social media, and one lady who had queued alongside Beckham for hours instructed reporters that she had “massive respect” for the sportsman who she mentioned, “had paid his respects nonetheless he needed.”
The queue snakes from Westminster Hall for miles alongside the south financial institution of the River Thames. It passes landmarks comparable to the London Eye, the Royal Festival Hall and the Globe theater.
Plans are in place for it to stretch so long as 9 miles, or 14.5 kilometers. The line had to be closed a number of occasions on Friday after reaching its capability. As of Friday afternoon, the authorities’s official tracker was advising ready time of 24 hours.
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