David Beckham lined up like everyone else to see Elizabeth II’s coffin

David Beckham lined up like everyone else to see Elizabeth II's coffin
English football star David Beckham was pictured queuing to view the Queen's coffin on Friday (September 16).
LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP English football star David Beckham was pictured queuing to view the Queen’s coffin on Friday (September 16).

LOUISA GOULIAMAKI / AFP

English football star David Beckham was pictured queuing to view the Queen’s coffin on Friday (September 16).

UNITED KINGDOM – Even hidden under his cap, David Beckham did not go unnoticed. The legend of English sport joined this Friday, September 16 thousands of people who came to tail to pay a last tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, died on September 8.

The photos shared en masse on Twitter show that the former footballer wore a black suit and a blue cap, perhaps out of discretion. But the people waiting in line towards Westminster Hall despite everything rushed towards him to take his picture.

Some even complained of seeing the huge queue move more slowly because of those who try to photograph David Beckham… and forget to move forward.

“Guess who’s also in line to see the queen?” »

“He is there, at the bottom! Photo taken by my new queue friend »

“The queue is now full of people trying to photograph David Beckham and forgetting to move forward. This is madness ! »

Arrived at 2 am

“I grew up in a royalist home and was brought up that way”he told the microphone of the British channel iTV News, as you can see below. “If my grandparents were still here today, I know they would have wanted to be here. So I’m here for them, on behalf of my family, and to commemorate the Queen with everyone.”he continued, while advancing in the huge queue.

The British star, who has met Queen Elizabeth II many times during her career, said she arrived at 2 a.m. to take her place in line. He would therefore have waited about twelve hours to enter Westminster Hall. “I thought, coming at 2 a.m., that it was going to be a little quieter… But I was wrong, everyone had the same idea. People of all ages wanted to be part of this experience and commemorate the Queen”he said.

“It’s difficult for the nation, difficult for everyone. I think everyone feels that and our hearts go out to the (royal) family.”, added David Beckham, 47. The player also evokes the emotion that gripped him every time he sang the national anthem before a football match. “It was something that meant so much to us”he recalls.

“The most important moment for me was when I received (my medal of) the Order of the British Empire. I had taken my grandparents, real royalists, with me”David Beckham told Sky News again. “I was so lucky to be able to experience such moments in my life, to have been able to approach Her Majesty”added the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star.

The footballer finally appeared, visibly moved and with red eyes, in front of the coffin of Elizabeth II around 3:30 p.m. local time (4:30 p.m. in Paris).

David Beckham gathered Friday afternoon in front of the coffin of Elizabeth II.
sky news David Beckham gathered Friday afternoon in front of the coffin of Elizabeth II.

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David Beckham gathered Friday afternoon in front of the coffin of Elizabeth II.

Many personalities expected at the funeral

Several celebrities are expected for the Queen’s funeral on Monday, reports the American magazine Cosmopolitan. Heads of State from all over the world were invited, of course Liz Truss, the British Prime Minister and Nicola Sturgeon, the Scottish Prime Minister. But also American President Joe Biden, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro… And Emmanuel Macron has also confirmed his arrival. Apart from these political leaders, other stars like Elton John and Serena Williams have received an invitation.

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