David Beckham says he waited in line over 12 hours to pay respects to queen

Former English football superstar David Beckham said it was “special to be here” after waiting more than 12 hours in a line with fellow mourners to pay respects to the queen.

Speaking to Sky News just after 2 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET), 12 hours after he joined the line, Beckham said he wanted to take part in celebrating Britain’s “special” queen. “It’s special to be here, to celebrate, and to hear the different stories that people have to say,” he said.

“The most special moment for me was to receive my O.B.E.,” he reflected, referring to the Order of the British Empire. “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 there as well.”

“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,” he said.

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