“The queue is now full of people trying to photograph David Beckham and forgetting to actually go ahead,” tweeted one fan who spotted the footballer
The 47-year-old star reportedly queued around 2am on Friday, September 16 and bought those around him donuts to motivate them. Photos shared on social media showed fans near Westminster Hall trying to snap a picture of the former athlete as he waited in line to pay his respects to the late monarch, who died on September 8 to pay homage. However, there were gaps in the queue as some desperately tried to get a picture of him and forgot to move on.
LONDON, ENGLAND: David Beckham was hailed for queuing with thousands of royal fans to see the Queen lie in state, leading to a deficit as fans hounded the football sensation and held up the line.
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The Daily Mail reported how Beckham was seen smiling while wearing a full suit with a black tie and a blue fluffy beanie on his head. The former England football captain was hailed by those who queued with him for “queuing in line just like the rest of us”. As previously mentioned, he queued up around 2am this morning “assuming it would be quiet” and bought donuts for those around him.
Speaking to ITV News while queuing, Beckham said he was there “on behalf of his family”. He said: “It’s special to be here to celebrate and hear the different stories of what people have to say. I grew up in a royalist household and was raised that way. If my grandparents had been here today I would have known they would have loved to be here so I’m here on their behalf and on behalf of my family and of course to celebrate with everyone else.” He continued, “I was like I am very fortunate to have been able to share some moments of my life with Her Majesty. It is a sad day but it is a day to remember the incredible legacy she left behind.” The former athlete then quipped, “I get verbally abused for holding up the line,” as the interviewer began to queue with him. He told the outlet that his special memory of meeting the Queen was linked to his OBE was presented.
Fans of the former Manchester United star shared his pictures on social media and couldn’t believe he was standing in line just like the others. He was spotted taking a few selfies with fans, causing the queue to stall at times. Twitter user Lee Woodall, standing next to him in the queue, gushed, “David Beckham is in the queue with us…fair play to the queue with the rest of us!”
Another well-wisher, Jules Birkby, also shared photos after spotting Beckham in the queue. “The queue is now full of people trying to take a picture of David Beckham and forgetting to actually go ahead,” she tweeted. “It’s madness! I feel a little sorry for him, but he’s taking it very well. I was in The Queue for almost 12 HOURS.”
Video from the scene showed the star walking in line as fans stopped him for photos. At one point, he politely responds by saying, “I’m sorry, but I can’t hold the line.”
Last week, the world-famous midfielder took to Instagram to pay tribute to the late Queen after news of her death was announced. “I am truly saddened by the passing of Her Majesty The Queen,” he wrote. “What an outpouring of love and respect we have seen for the Platinum Anniversary of her life in ministry. The devastation we all feel today shows what she meant to people in this country and around the world.”