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David Beckham queues all night to see the queen’s coffin

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David Beckham queues all night to see the queen's coffin

David Beckham said that he had appeared to queue at dawn.

London:

Former England soccer captain David Beckham said it was “very emotional” to pay his last respects to Queen Elizabeth II yesterday after she queued for hours overnight to be paraded past her coffin.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid star was among tens of thousands of people winding through London to Westminster Hall to bid farewell to Britain’s longest-serving monarch.

Queen Elizabeth’s death has sparked widespread emotion across the country, with people queuing for many hours to pay their respects to the monarch, who died on September 8 aged 96 after reigning for more than 70 years.

His coffin lies in state in Westminster Hall ahead of his funeral on Monday.

The queue was temporarily halted on Friday after a park at the end of the line along the River Thames reached capacity, the government said, with expected waiting times now exceeding 24 hours.

David Beckham, 47, was seen wearing a dark suit and tie as he finally walked past the late sovereign’s coffin.

Standing with her hands behind her back, she bowed her head to the catafalque, then bit her lip before leaving Westminster Hall.

“It’s very emotional, and the silence and the feeling in the room is very difficult to explain,” the football icon told reporters after walking past the coffin.

“We are all there to thank Her Majesty for being kind, for being caring, for being reassuring over the years.

“She has been our queen and the legacy she has left behind is incredible.

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“Having led the country the way that she did, for the number of years that she did, with the respect that she … has earned around the world, not just in our own country, says a lot.”

Beckham was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2003 and received his medal in person from Queen Elizabeth.

Beckham said he had shown up to queue at 2:00 a.m., hoping to dodge the main avalanche, but his plan was foiled.

The former footballer also said that every time the national anthem was played at England matches it was special.

Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral will take place at London’s Westminster Abbey on Monday, with more than 2,000 invited guests, including heads of state and government from around the world.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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