Sections of the massive queue of individuals lining as much as view Queen Elizabeth II mendacity in state had one thing – or quite, somebody – to distract them from the lengthy wait forward on Friday.
Photographs shared on social media present members of the general public queuing alongside David Beckham as he waited to pay his respects.
Wearing a darkish coat and baker boy cap, it didn’t take lengthy for phrase to get spherical that the 47-year-old former soccer star was within the queue.
In line with one Twitter consumer, Becks had been queuing for 10 hours, with some experiences suggesting he joined the queue at 2 a.m. on Friday.
One Twitter consumer wrote: “My best friend’s Mum has been directly in front of him the whole time and he’s been queuing so far for 10 hours just like her.”
One other tweeted: “The Queue is now full of people trying to photograph David Beckham and forgetting to actually move onwards.
“It’s madness! I feel a bit sorry for him, but he’s taking it very well.
“It’s made me almost forget that we’ve been in The Queue almost TWELVE HOURS though.”
Following the queen’s demise, David paid tribute to her in an emotional Instagram put up, describing her loss as “devastating”.
“I’m truly saddened by the death of Her Majesty, The Queen,” he wrote. “What an outpouring of love and respect we saw for the Platinum Jubilee for her life of service.
“How devastated we all feel today shows what she has meant to people in this country and around the world. How much she inspired us with her leadership. How she comforted us when times were tough. Until her last days she served her country with dignity and grace.
“This year she would have known how loved she was. My thoughts and prayers are with our Royal Family.”
Amongst different celebrities noticed within the queue was TV presenter Susanna Reid.
The “Good Morning Britain” anchor attended the historic occasion on Thursday together with her mum, Sue, and stated she had “experienced a moment in history”.
Detailing her expertise on Twitter, she stated: “Evening – along with my lovely mum and her very good friend, I have just experienced a moment in history – witnessing the Queen lying in state in Westminster Hall. At once majestic and peaceful.”
TV presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby had been additionally noticed at Westminster Corridor as they paid their respects to the late monarch.
The duo, who’ve been internet hosting particular tribute editions of ITV’s “This Morning” to the late queen this week, had been wearing black as they queued for the historic event.
Sharon Osbourne was additionally seen among the many 1000’s of mourners.
On Friday, the Division for Digital, Tradition, Media and Sport paused the queue to Westminster Corridor for “at least six hours” after Southwark Park reached capability, with the estimated queueing time for mourners having risen to at the least 14 hours.
A few of these within the queue will witness King Charles III, the Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward maintain a 15-minute vigil round their mom’s coffin at round 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
For those that should not capable of attend in particular person, a steady livestream of the queen mendacity in state has been arrange by numerous broadcasters together with the BBC and ITV.
Hundreds have tuned in to observe mourners file solemnly previous the coffin to pay their respects.