‘It’s special to be here’: David Beckham queues to pay tribute to Queen | queen elizabeth ii

Former England football captain David Beckham joined the queue for the Queen’s lie-in-state on Friday, saying it was “special to be here”.

He joined other high-profile figures spotted waiting to pay their respects this week, including former prime minister Theresa May, This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield and Good Morning Britain presenter Susanna Reid.

Beckham was appointed an OBE for services to football in June 2003 in the Queen’s Birthday Honors List.

Speaking about the tribute to the Queen on the football pitch, Beckham told ITV News: “Every time we stood there wearing those Three Lion shirts and I had my armband and we sang God Save Our Queen, it meant something. a lot for us.

“Every time 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 everybody around the world, because I think everybody feels it, and our thoughts are with the family and obviously everybody here today.

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

Speaking about joining the queue, he added: “I thought coming at 2am would be a bit quieter – I was wrong.”

The public queue to attend the Queen’s chaise longue was temporarily halted on Friday. Officials stopped people from entering the queue entirely at around 11.35am. at the entrance to Southwark Park in south-east London due to overwhelming demand.

Beckham said he felt “lucky” to have spent time with the Queen. Asked if he had any anecdotes about his experiences with the Queen, he told ITV News: “Probably the most special moment for me was when I received my OBE.

“To receive my OBE, I took my grandparents with me, who really raised me to be a huge royal and royal fan, and obviously I had my wife there too.

“To raise, to earn my honor, but also to Her Majesty, to ask questions, to speak, I was so lucky to be able to experience some such moments in my life, to be close to Her Majesty.

“Because we can all see, with the love she has shown, how special she is and how special she was and the legacy she leaves behind.

“It’s a sad day, but it’s a day to remember the incredible legacy she left.”

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