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Beckham queues for over 12 hours to see Queen lying in state

Beckham queues for over 12 hours to see Queen lying in state

David Beckham was one of the mourners who stood in line for hours to see Queen Elizabeth II be laid to rest at Westminster Hall.

In honour of the Queen, who passed away last week at the age of 96, the former England captain reportedly stood in line for more than 12 hours on Friday.

“I grew up in a royalist family. I’m sure my grandparents would have wanted to be here if they were still alive. So, I’m here to celebrate with everyone else here, on their behalf as well as mine and my family’s,” Beckham told ITV News.

“I think Her Majesty meant so much in so many different ways. I can speak on my behalf of the number of times I was able to meet her throughout my career and I was very lucky.

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“To represent my country, to be captain of my country… every time that we stood there and 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. Every time that we did it, it was something special.

“So this day was always going to be difficult, and it’s difficult for the nation, it’s difficult for everyone around the world because I think everyone is feeling it, and our thoughts are with the family and obviously with everybody here today.

“Because it’s special to be here, to celebrate, and to hear the different stories that people have to say.”

The line to see the Queen lying in state reached capacity on Friday, with people snaking five miles from Westminster Hall to Southwark Park in south-east London. Entry was halted for six hours.

Beckham continued, “I thought that coming at two in the morning would make it a little bit quieter. I was mistaken.

Beckham scored 17 goals for his country while playing 115 times for England.


Source: Eurosport

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