David Beckham queues for over 12 hours to see ‘special’ Queen lying in state, as England sporting legend joins thousands of other mourners in paying respects

    David Beckham queued for more than 12 hours to see the Queen lying in state.

    The football icon – who represented England 115 times and captained the Three Lions for six years – joined the thousands in London patiently waiting to pay their respects to the late monarch on Friday morning.

    Thousands have been queuing pay their respects to the late Queen

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    Thousands have been queuing pay their respects to the late Queen

    Beckham looked emotional as he entered Westminster Hall

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    Beckham looked emotional as he entered Westminster Hall

    The England icon respectfully bowed his head in his moment with Her Majesty

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    The England icon respectfully bowed his head in his moment with Her Majesty

    Beckham bid farewell to the late monarch before slowly walking away

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    Beckham bid farewell to the late monarch before slowly walking away

    Beckham said he had joined the queue for Westminster Hall – which stretched five miles back to Southwark Park – at around 2am on Friday morning and finally made his way in just after 3pm.

    He joined other mourners in filing past Her Majesty’s coffin at Westminster Hall, where it will remain until 6.30am on Monday morning.

    In his moment with the Queen, who passed away on September 8 at the age of 96, an emotional-looking Beckham respectfully bowed his head at the coffin before exiting.

    Donning a suit and tie and a flat cap, Beckham had been doing his best to keep a low profile as he waited in line throughout Friday.

    However, he was soon sighted by others in the queue and gave out doughnuts to some of those around him.

    “We all want to be here together, we all want to experience something where we celebrate the amazing life of the Queen,” Beckham said as he spoke to media from the queue.

    “I think something like this today is meant to be shared together. We’ve been here eating Pringles, we’re eating sherbet lemons, we’re eating sandwiches, we’re having coffees, donuts.”

    And when asked how long he’d been waiting in the queue, Beckham said just after 2pm: “12 hours. My knees are okay, it’s my back!”

    England football legend Beckham first joined the queue at 2am

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    England football legend Beckham first joined the queue at 2am

    Beckham is one of England’s most-capped players and was captain

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    Beckham is one of England’s most-capped players and was captain

    Beckham, an OBE, was eager to pay his respects to Her Majesty

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    Beckham, an OBE, was eager to pay his respects to Her Majesty

    Beckham added: “So this day was always going to be difficult, and it’s difficult for the nation, it’s difficult for everyone around the world, because I think everyone is feeling it, and our thoughts are with the family and obviously with everybody here today. Because it’s special to be here, to celebrate, and to hear the different stories that people have to say.”

    On his memories of the Queen, he added: “The most special moment for me was to receive my OBE. I took my grandparents with me, who were the ones that really brought me up to be a huge royalist and a fan of the royal family, and obviously I had my wife there as well.

    “To step up, to get my honour, but then also Her Majesty, to ask questions, to talk, I was so lucky that I was able to have a few moments like that in my life, to be around Her Majesty.

    “Because we can all see with the love that has been shown, how special she is and how special she was and the legacy that she leaves behind.

    “It’s a sad day, but it’s a day for us to remember the incredible legacy that she’s left.”

    Speaking to Sky News, Chris Jones, who had travelled from Gloucester, said they spotted the 47-year-old once they had made it into Victoria Gardens when they noticed he was six rows ahead.

    “We wondered what the interest was at first,” he explained when he noticed people temporarily halting the queue to have their picture taken with Beckham.

    “This just shows the power of all people wanting to pay their respects to the Queen.”

    When author Caitlin Moran wondered if it was actually Beckham in the pictures being circulated on Twitter, one user responded with confirmation.

    “Yep he has,” @LizzyLloydo replied.

    “He bought everyone close to him in the queue donuts and has agreed to have pictures once he has paid his respects to Her Majesty.

    “The guys a ledge (legend).”

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