David Beckham joins thousands of mourners as he waits 13 hours to see the Queen's coffin

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By Phoebe Egoroff

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Thousands of people have flocked to Westminster Hall to pay their final respects to Queen Elizabeth II, who sadly passed away on September 8 at age 96, marking the end of the longest reign in British royal history.

Crowds of all ages and nationalities have waited for hours just to get a glimpse of the late monarch's coffin - and celebrity footballer, David Beckham, is no exception.

The Daily Mail reported that the football megastar had been waiting in line since 2:00 AM Friday morning, only managing to pay his respects to Her Majesty at 3:30pm - almost 14 hours later.

Dressed in a black three-piece suit and sporting a black news boy cap, the 47-year-old went completely undetected for hours by those around him, even buying fellow mourners doughnuts to ease their hunger.

Eventually news outlets began following him as he made his way further in the queue, hoping to get an interview with the former England captain.

ITV's Neil Connery managed to score a few minutes with Beckham, who told him: "Every time that [the England football team] stood there and we wore those three lion shirts and I wore my armband and we sang, you know, 'God Save The Queen,' that was something that meant so much to us, and every time that we did it, it was something special."

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David Beckham was captain of the England football team for six years (pictured in 2006). Credit: Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy

"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 that everyone is feeling it - and our thoughts are with the family, and obviously with everybody here today," he added.

He also told the reporter that he was amazed to hear the different stories of those waiting in line around him, including one of an 84-year-old woman who wore her heels and a blazer covered in her honors to pay her final respects to the late Queen.

When asked what his most special moment was with the late monarch, the father-of-four said: "The most special moment for me was when I received my OBE, and 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," he added.

News of his presence in the queue sparked interest from fellow mourners and the media, who reported that he'd snacked on crisps and lemon sherbets to keep him going.

Members of the public appeared shocked to discover there was a celebrity in their midst, given reports of other high profile figures - such as British news hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield - being allowed to skip the long queues to pay their respects to the late Queen.

When he was finally captured entering Westminster Hall, Beckham removed his cap and appeared emotional, wiping tears from his eyes as he slowly made his way towards the coffin.

Media outlets have been covering the late Queen's lying-in-state non-stop since her coffin arrived at Westminster Hall earlier this week.

Per the BBC, the queue is currently at capacity and stretches for over five miles - the estimated waiting time is 14 hours. Crowds of people have been asked to refrain from joining the queue for at least six hours, at which time the queue will re-open again. A live queue tracker on YouTube is keeping mourners updated.

According to the tracker, the queue can be a maximum of 10 miles long - it is currently stretched as far as Southwark Bridge.

Featured image credit: Every Second Media / Alamy

David Beckham joins thousands of mourners as he waits 13 hours to see the Queen's coffin

vt-author-image

By Phoebe Egoroff

Article saved!Article saved!

Thousands of people have flocked to Westminster Hall to pay their final respects to Queen Elizabeth II, who sadly passed away on September 8 at age 96, marking the end of the longest reign in British royal history.

Crowds of all ages and nationalities have waited for hours just to get a glimpse of the late monarch's coffin - and celebrity footballer, David Beckham, is no exception.

The Daily Mail reported that the football megastar had been waiting in line since 2:00 AM Friday morning, only managing to pay his respects to Her Majesty at 3:30pm - almost 14 hours later.

Dressed in a black three-piece suit and sporting a black news boy cap, the 47-year-old went completely undetected for hours by those around him, even buying fellow mourners doughnuts to ease their hunger.

Eventually news outlets began following him as he made his way further in the queue, hoping to get an interview with the former England captain.

ITV's Neil Connery managed to score a few minutes with Beckham, who told him: "Every time that [the England football team] stood there and we wore those three lion shirts and I wore my armband and we sang, you know, 'God Save The Queen,' that was something that meant so much to us, and every time that we did it, it was something special."

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David Beckham was captain of the England football team for six years (pictured in 2006). Credit: Trinity Mirror / Mirrorpix / Alamy

"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 that everyone is feeling it - and our thoughts are with the family, and obviously with everybody here today," he added.

He also told the reporter that he was amazed to hear the different stories of those waiting in line around him, including one of an 84-year-old woman who wore her heels and a blazer covered in her honors to pay her final respects to the late Queen.

When asked what his most special moment was with the late monarch, the father-of-four said: "The most special moment for me was when I received my OBE, and 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," he added.

News of his presence in the queue sparked interest from fellow mourners and the media, who reported that he'd snacked on crisps and lemon sherbets to keep him going.

Members of the public appeared shocked to discover there was a celebrity in their midst, given reports of other high profile figures - such as British news hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield - being allowed to skip the long queues to pay their respects to the late Queen.

When he was finally captured entering Westminster Hall, Beckham removed his cap and appeared emotional, wiping tears from his eyes as he slowly made his way towards the coffin.

Media outlets have been covering the late Queen's lying-in-state non-stop since her coffin arrived at Westminster Hall earlier this week.

Per the BBC, the queue is currently at capacity and stretches for over five miles - the estimated waiting time is 14 hours. Crowds of people have been asked to refrain from joining the queue for at least six hours, at which time the queue will re-open again. A live queue tracker on YouTube is keeping mourners updated.

According to the tracker, the queue can be a maximum of 10 miles long - it is currently stretched as far as Southwark Bridge.

Featured image credit: Every Second Media / Alamy