David Beckham paid his respects to The Queen after waiting 13 hours in line, despite being granted a pass by an MP.
David Beckham waited 13 hours to see the Queen yesterday, despite being handed a pass by an MP.
The former England captain, 47, joined mourners in the Elizabeth line at 2 am, going unseen by the crowd as he trudged from Southwark Park to Westminster Hall.
Beckham says he lived on 'Pringles, sherbet lemons, sandwiches, coffee, and doughnuts.'
We're all here together. We all want to commemorate the Queen's life, and I believe anything like this should be shared, 'he told BBC News.
The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielders were outed on social media shortly after noon.
Beckham was invited to visit Her Majesty's casket by an MP, which may have taken four friends to skip the line. But he rejected it, claiming his grandfather, Joseph West, a royalist, and the footballer's "real-life idol," would be disappointed.
An MP had allowed Beckham to cut in line, but the player was rejected, citing his disappointment that his grandfather, Joseph West, a loyalist and the man Beckham refers to as his "real-life hero," would have been treated differently.
On the occasion of the Queen's passing last week, he expressed his deep sadness on his Instagram, writing, "I'm grieved by the loss of Her Majesty, the Queen."
On Instagram, he said, "I'm heartbroken by the loss of Her Majesty, the Queen," expressing his profound sorrow at the news of the monarch's death last week.
Shortly after noon, the public began sharing the news on social media that the former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder was in attendance.
The day I was awarded the Order of the British Empire was undoubtedly one of the most memorable times of my life. I was accompanied by my wife and, naturally, my grandparents, who were primarily responsible for raising me to be a devoted royalist and follower of the Royal Family.
I was very fortunate to have a couple of occasions like that in my life; to walk up, to receive my honor, and then also to have Her Majesty ask questions and converse.
Because the outpouring of affection for her makes clear the extraordinary impact she had and the lasting impression she left. Today is a day of mourning, but it is also a day to honor her memory and the remarkable legacy she leaves behind.
On the occasion of the Queen's passing last week, he expressed his deep sadness via his Instagram, where he had previously shown his admiration for her. Incredibly, tributes were paid to the Platinum Jubilee in honor of her long history of public service.
How deeply she touched the lives of so many individuals in this nation and throughout the globe is reflected in the depth of our grief tonight, how her direction moved us to greater heights. What an incredible comfort she was for us in our affliction!
When questioned about the effect waiting in line had on his knees, he said, "The knees are OK; it's the back and the feet."
A lady who waited in line with Beckham said, "Big respect to him," to BBC News. I believe it's great that he stood with us and paid his respects in his way.
Good Morning Britain host Susanna Reid and her mother stood in line for almost seven hours to pay their respects to the Queen during her funeral.
According to a tweet sent by the 51-year-old journalist, "I have just seen a moment in history... at once beautiful and tranquil."