David Beckham – like thousands of other Britons – lined up to walk past the coffin containing the body of Queen Elizabeth II. The legendary former English footballer told reporters that he had already waited 12 hours to enter the Westmist Palace.
From Wednesday afternoon, the coffin with the body of Elizabeth II is on display in Westminster Hall at the Palace of Westminster and will remain there until Monday, the day of the funeral, to give the people of Great Britain the opportunity to say goodbye to the deceased monarch and pay tribute to her.
However, although Westminster Hall is open 24 hours a day during this time and passersby have literally a few seconds to stop at the coffin, the line was still getting longer.
Today, the British media noticed David Beckham among those waiting. The 47-year-old former footballer was recognized relatively close to the Palace of Westminster. As reported by the British media, this caused little confusion, because people started taking pictures with him and the line stopped moving forward. Beckham, when asked how long he waited in line, replied that it was 12 hours – from 2:15 am.
Last week, Beckham wrote on Instagram that the wave of sadness that spread across the world after Elizabeth II’s death shows how much she inspired us. “I am truly saddened by the death of Her Majesty the Queen. (…) How crushed we all feel today shows how much she meant to the people of this country and the world over. How much she inspired us with her leadership. How she comforted us at times. They were hard. Until the last days, she served her country with dignity and grace “- he wrote.
Beckham, who played 115 matches for England between 1996 and 2009, was awarded the Order of the British Empire by Elizabeth II in 2003.