On Friday, soccer legend David Beckham queued with hundreds of mourners outdoors Westminster Hall for greater than 12 hours as he waited to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen is mendacity in state inside Westminster Hall till her funeral on Monday. For now, folks round the world — together with well-known faces like Beckham — are taking this time to honor the solely monarch most of them have ever identified.

For Beckham, ready in line was each a approach to “rejoice the superb life” of the Queen, and to act as a stand-in for his late grandparents who he informed reporters would have been there in the event that they had been alive. According to the 47-year-old, he comes from a household of royalists. “I do know that they’d have needed to be right here, so I’m right here on their behalf, and on behalf of my household,” he informed ITV News

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“We all need to be right here collectively. We all need to expertise one thing the place we rejoice the superb life of our queen and I believe one thing like this right now is supposed to be shared collectively.”

In a video posted by BBC reporter Vicki Young on Twitter, Beckham shared what it was like to wait side-by-side with so many different mourners all through the day. “We’ve all been celebrating and telling tales,” he stated. “We’re all going by this. To be trustworthy, it is what all of us envisioned. We all need to be right here collectively. We all need to expertise one thing the place we rejoice the superb life of our queen and I believe one thing like this right now is supposed to be shared collectively. The incontrovertible fact that we have been right here, we’re consuming Pringles, we’re consuming sherbet lemons, we’re consuming sandwiches, having espresso, donuts.”

He continued, “This day was at all times going to be tough, and it is tough for the nation, it is tough for everybody round the world, as a result of I believe everyone seems to be feeling it, and our ideas are with the household and clearly with all people right here right now.”

Beckham additionally revealed he joined the queue round 2:00 a.m. pondering he would miss the crowds. However, in the end everybody else had the identical thought. Seeing the athlete stand with the crowd made an affect on these round him. One mourner informed the BBC that that they had nothing however respect for Beckham after standing with him all day. “He’s stood with us and he is paid his respects how he needs to and I believe that is superb,” they stated.

In addition to ready in line to pay his respects, Beckham — who beforehand met the Queen on multiple event — penned a tribute to the monarch on Sept. 8, the day she died. “I’m actually saddened by the dying of Her Majesty, The Queen,” he wrote on Instagram, alongside a images of the Queen. “What an outpouring of love and respect we noticed for the Platinum Jubilee for her life of service. How devastated all of us really feel right now reveals what she has meant to folks in this nation and round the world. How a lot she impressed us together with her management. How she comforted us when occasions had been powerful. Until her final days she served her nation with dignity and beauty. This yr she would have identified how liked she was. My ideas and prayers are with our Royal Family…”

See the gallery for images from Beckham’s time ready in line to honor Queen Elizabeth.

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