David Beckham declined offer to skip 13-hour queue to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state

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David Beckham went viral on Friday as he waited 13 hours to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state.

Elizabeth II, who reigned for 70 years, sadly passed away on September 8.

Her body has since been moved from Scotland to London.

People from all around the globe travelled to Westminster Hall on Friday to view the Queen lying in state.

Beckham was among those that made the trip to pay their respects.

The football legend, who is one of the most famous people in England, joined the back of the queue at 2am. He waited more than half-a-day to get into Westminster Hall.

Beckham was dressed in a full suit and hat, He was more than happy to mingle with the public as he waited his turn.

VIDEO: David Beckham waits 13 hours to view Queen Elizabeth II lying in state

David Beckham declined MP’s offer to skip the queue

The Daily Mail have reported that Beckham was invited to skip the queue by an MP.

But Beckham refused, saying his grandfather, a staunch royalist and his ‘real-life hero’, would have been disappointed.

A source told the Daily Mail: “David could have avoided all of the queuing but he wanted to be like everyone else. He said his grandad wouldn’t have [jumped the queue] so neither would he. He had been wondering all week when the best time was to go and finally he went for this morning.

“David was brought up in an East End family who were real royalists – the kind who would stand to attention when the national anthem came on. He wanted to go to see the Queen like any other member of the public.”

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MIAMI, FLORIDA – MAY 08: David Beckham smiles in the Paddock prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Miami at the Miami International Autodrome on May 08, 2022 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

David Beckham pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

Beckham told reporters about his admiration for Queen Elizabeth II, who he met on a number of occasions.

“Every time we stood there when we wore those Three Lion shirts and I had my armband, and we sang God save our Queen, that was something that meant so much to us. Every time we did it, it was something special,” Beckham said.

“So this day was always going to be difficult. 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. I thought by coming at 2am, it was going to be a little bit quieter – I was wrong.

“To step up, to get my honour but then also Her Majesty, to ask questions, to talk, I was so lucky that I was able to have a few moments like that in my life.

“Because we can all see with the love that has been shown, how special she was and the legacy she leaves behind. It’s a sad day, but it’s a day for us to remember the incredible legacy that she’s left.”

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