David Beckham waited 12 hours in line to pay respects to queen

He could also be Mr. Posh Spice, however David Beckham didn’t search any posh remedy when it got here time to pay his respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II.

The previous soccer star waited greater than 12 hours in line Friday exterior the Homes of Parliament the place the queen’s coffin has been resting since leaving Buckingham Palace on Wednesday. The coffin was borne by a horse-drawn gun carriage that was trailed by grieving members of the family. It was positioned for viewing in Westminster Corridor contained in the Homes of Parliament.

A BBC reporter noticed the soccer legend Friday and interviewed him on video as his a part of the road approached the constructing. The road of mourners has been stretching practically 5 miles alongside the River Thames, with waits of as much as 24 hours reported.

“We’ve all been celebrating and telling stories,” Beckham mentioned as guards moved his portion of the road alongside. He and the others round him been ready for about 12 hours, since 2:15 a.m.

“To be honest, it’s been what we all envisioned,” mentioned the athlete, 47. “We all want to be here together, we all want to experience something where we celebrate the amazing life of our queen.

“I think something like this today is meant to be shared together,” he continued. “So the fact that we’ve been here, we’re eating Pringles, we’re eating Sherbet Lemons, you know, we’re eating sandwiches, having coffee, doughnuts.”

The gang chuckled as he listed off all of the snacks that they had shared.

“Big respect to him,” mentioned a lady who was standing close to Beckham within the line, which was a number of folks throughout. “He’s stood with us and he’s paid his respects the way he wanted to. That’s amazing. It’s just been really good.”

Carrying a white shirt and black tie, Beckham bowed briefly to the coffin earlier than shifting out of Westminster Corridor.

“We have been lucky as a nation to have had someone who has led us the way Her Majesty has led us, for the amount of time, with kindness, with caring and always reassuring,” he advised reporters. “I think that’s the one thing that we all felt safe and we will continue that with the royal family. But I think [Her] Majesty was someone special and will be missed, not just by everyone in our country but everyone around the world.”

Beckham additionally talked to the BBC about when he was named an officer of the Most Glorious Order of the British Empire in June 2003 for his contributions to soccer (identified within the U.Ok., after all, as soccer).

“To receive my OBE, I took my grandparents with me — who were the ones that really brought me up to be a huge royalist and a fan of the royal family — and obviously I had my wife [Victoria Beckham] there as well,” he mentioned. “To step up, to get my honor — but then also Her Majesty, to ask questions, to talk. I was so lucky that I was able to have a few moments like that in my life, to be around Her Majesty.”

Victoria Beckham acknowledged the queen’s passing Sept. 8 on social media.

“Today is a very sad day for the entire world,” the previous Spice Woman tweeted. “I’m deeply saddened by the passing of our beloved Monarch, Her Majesty The Queen. She will be remembered for her steadfast loyalty and service and my thoughts are with the royal family at this time.”

King Charles III and his siblings, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward, will stand vigil across the flag-draped coffin Friday night. The queen’s eight grandchildren — Prince William and Prince Harry, Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, and Woman Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn — will stand vigil for quarter-hour on Saturday.

Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral service begins Monday at 3 a.m. Pacific time at Westminster Abbey, with formalities starting shortly earlier than that because the coffin is moved from the corridor to the abbey.

The Related Press contributed to this report.