David Beckham weeps as he walks past the Queen’s coffin after queuing from 2am

  • David Beckham, 47, was spotted and photographed by members of the queue as he waited to see the Queen
  • He is one of the multiple celebrities who have been spotted paying their respects to the late Queen today
  • Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to pass through the area in the four days
  • The footballer told ITV News that today is a ‘difficult’ and ‘sad’ day for him and he is ‘representing his family’

David Beckham wiped a tear from his eye as he approached the Queen’s coffin following a 13-hour wait on Friday, after admitting to television cameras: ‘I thought it’d be quieter coming at 2am… I was wrong!’

The football legend, 47, was among thousands to join the five-mile queue and purchased a box of doughnuts to share with his fellow mourners, managing to avoid detection for hours because of the ‘mutual respect’ he shared with them.

As the former England Captain finally reached the end of the line, a changing of the guard took place while broadcast cameras hovered on him as he watched on solemnly.

When Beckham was finally spotted in the crowd, he spoke with ITV news about what prompted his decision to wake up and join the hundreds of thousands of other mourners expected to visit the Queen as she lies in state.

He recalled the ‘special moment’ he was awarded an OBE and looked back fondly on the relationship he had fostered with the monarch over the years.

‘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 there as well,’ he said.

‘To step up, to get my honour, 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.

‘Because we can all see with the love that has been shown, how special she is and how special she was and the legacy that she leaves behind… It’s a sad day, but it’s a day for us to remember the incredible legacy that she’s left.’

He added: ‘I think it’ll take a long time to understand [the Queen’s death] because I think Her Majesty meant so much in so many different ways.’

Beckham said he will forever consider himself lucky to have met the Queen on so many occasions.

‘To represent my country, to be captain of my country, every time that we stood there and we wore those Three Lions shirts and I had my armband and we sang God Save Our Queen, that was something that meant so much to us and every time that we did it, it was something special,’ he said.

‘This day was always going to be difficult for the nation, it’s difficult for everyone around the world because everyone is feeling it.’

Images shared on social media show the public holding their phones in the air to snap a picture of the 47-year-old former footballer as he waited alongside them.

Some were so busy trying to capture a photo they forgot to keep moving forward, leading to gaps in the line.

While most people were excited to see him, Beckham confessed he’d been told off several times by stewards for holding up the queue to take photos with fans.

He dressed in a dapper black suit and tie with a blue soft cap on his head for the momentous occasion, but removed the cap as he made his way inside Westminster Hall.

A source close to the footballer said he entered the procession of people waiting to see the Queen lying in state at 2am this morning.

He was able to stay under the radar for the majority of the wait due to the ‘mutual respect’ everyone held for each other, which meant no photographs were taken of him.

While Beckham was alone, he told media he would pay respects to the late Queen ‘on behalf of my family and obviously to celebrate with everybody else here’.

He received widespread praise online for quietly joining the procession with other mourners to pay his respects and trying to keep a low profile.

One person Tweeted: ‘The Queue is now full of people trying to photograph David Beckham and forgetting to actually move onwards.’

‘I feel a bit sorry for him, but he’s taking it very well… It’s madness.’

The fan confessed the fanfare served as a distraction to queuing for such a long time.

Author Caitlin Moran tweeted to her near 900,000 followers: ‘For David Beckham to come alone, and queue for ten hours, when everyone would recognise him, is pretty ballsy.’

A third quipped the former England captain looked like a ‘Peaky Blinder’, adding that the UK had ‘peaked’.

Beckham wasn’t the only celebrity who turned out to pay his respects on Friday.

The Good Morning Britain anchor Susanna Reid attended the historic event on Thursday with her mother Sue, and said she had ‘experienced a moment in history’.

Detailing her experience on Twitter, the 51-year-old said: ‘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.’

Her posts also shared tips for others in the queue, saying: ‘If you are planning to queue here are our tips. We joined at 1.23pm near Butlers Wharf and entered Westminster Hall at 8.43pm – 7 hours 20 mins.

‘Wear the comfiest shoes you own. Go with someone if you can, although everyone in the queue was friendly.

‘Don’t carry too much in a bag – water is freely available and there are lots of cafes along the route. Also plenty of toilets. I put my phone on low battery mode and it lasted the entire time.

‘The first part of the queue is for wristbands. Ours were given out at Tower Bridge about an hour after we began queuing.’

Reid said everyone appeared on their best behavior during her stint in the procession, with ‘people waiting patiently for their wristbands’ and then not having any troubles in slipping out to use the bathroom or find snacks.

Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were also spotted at Westminster Hall as they paid their respects to the late monarch.

The presenting duo, who have been hosting special tribute editions of ITV’s This Morning to the late Queen this week, were dressed in black as they queued for the historic occasion.

Reality TV star Sharon Osbourne was also seen among the thousands of mourners.

Some of those in the queue will witness the King, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex hold a 15-minute vigil around their mother’s coffin at around 7.30pm on Friday.

For those who are not able to attend in person, a continuous livestream of the Queen lying in state has been set up by a number of broadcasters including the BBC and ITV.

Thousands have tuned in to watch mourners file solemnly past the coffin to pay their respects.

On Friday, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport paused the queue to Westminster Hall for ‘at least six hours’ after Southwark Park reached capacity, with the estimated queueing time for mourners having risen to at least 14 hours.

But royal fans were seen continuing to enter the area more than an hour after the announcement was made.

The queue for those with accessibility requirements later also closed.

Staff earlier closed and locked the gates to the park to temporarily prevent more people from joining the queue.

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