David Beckham queued to see Queen Elizabeth in state at 2am today and appeared emotional as he approached her coffin after a 13-hour wait.
The former football star had joined thousands of other people in the eight-kilometer queue.
The father-of-four finally approached her coffin around 3.30pm this afternoon and bowed his head as he paid his respects.
He had previously told ITN News it was a sad day and paid tribute to the legacy left behind by the British monarch.
Meanwhile, images previously shared on social media showed other members of the queue at Westminster Hall holding up their phones to snap a picture of the 47-year-old former footballer as he waited to pay his respects to prove.
One person tweeted: “The queue is now full of people trying to photograph David Beckham and forgetting to actually go ahead.
“This is madness!
“I feel a little sorry for him, but he’s taking it very well.
“It almost made me forget we were in The Queue for almost 12 HOURS.”
Meanwhile, Beckham, a keen royalist, said he feels “lucky” to have spent time with the Queen and recalled the special moment when he was awarded an OBE.
“Performing, getting my honor, but then also Her Majesty, asking questions, speaking, I’ve been so lucky that I’ve been able to have a few moments like this in my life to be with Her Majesty,” he said said ITV News.
“Because with the love that was shown, we can all see 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 we remember the incredible legacy she left behind.”
The former midfielder also recalled singing God Save the Queen with his team-mates ahead of their games in England as “something that meant so much to us”.
Speaking about queuing, he added: “I thought if I came in at 2am it would be a little quieter – I was wrong.”
Meanwhile, British TV presenter Susanna Reid was among other celebrities spotted in the queue.
The British Good Morning presenter, 51, attended the historic event with her mother Sue on Thursday and said she “lived a moment in history”.
Speaking of her experience on Twitter, she said: “Evening – along with my dear mother and her very good friend I have just lived a moment in history – witnessing the Queen lying in state at Westminster Hall. Majestic and peaceful at the same time.”
Her posts also shared tips for others in the queue, saying: “If you’re planning on queuing, here are our tips. We joined at 1.23pm near Butlers Wharf and entered Westminster Hall at 8.43pm – 7 hours 20 minutes. Wear the most comfortable 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 plenty of cafes along the route. Also many toilets. I put my phone on low battery mode and it lasted all the time.
https://www.independent.ie/world-news/europe/britain/i-thought-by-coming-at-2am-it-was-going-to-be-a-little-bit-quieter-david-beckham-queues-for-hours-to-see-queen-elizabeth-lying-in-state-41994546.html David Beckham: ‘I thought if I came at 2am it would be a little quieter’ – Beckham queues for hours to see Queen Elizabeth in state