Former footballer David Beckham queues for 1pm to view Queen Elizabeth’s coffin

Former footballer David Beckham queues for 1pm to view Queen Elizabeth’s coffin

Friday photo of David Beckham after paying tribute to Queen Elizabeth in London

The former captain of the English football team David Beckham stood in line Friday for more than 13 hours with thousands of others bid farewell to Queen Elizabeth in London.

The 47-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder and current co-owner of US Major League soccer team Inter Miami says he joined the queue at 2 1:15 p.m. (01:15 GMT).

“Todos queremos estar aquí juntos, todos queremos to live algo en lo que celebramos la increíble vida de nuestra reina. Algo como esto es para compartirlo juntos”, dijo a periodistas Beckham, que llevaba una gorra y un traje oscuros con corbata negra y parecía estar only.

Television footage from Westminster Hall showed Beckham, who has met the Queen on several occasions, appeared in tears as he waited to walk past her coffin.

Stopping to pay respects at the coffin around 3:25 p.m., Beckham lowered his head and momentarily closed his eyes.

“I am deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. The fact that we are all devastated today reflects how much she meant to the people of this country and around the world. We have been greatly inspired by her leadership and encouraged when “Times were tough. Until her last days, the Queen served her country with dignity and grace. This year, she got to know how much she was loved. My thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family,” he wrote a week ago on their social media.

The government suspended access to the line for a few hours early Friday, after warning that the waiting time would be at least 14 hours.

Video of Beckham queuing:

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