He too has endured the long wait to say goodbye to Queen Elizabeth II. It is no longer a secret that David Beckham has a special relationship with the British royal family. The soccer star was even invited as a guest to royal weddings. No wonder, then, that he, like many other people in the world, seized the opportunity to personally say goodbye to the late monarch in Westminster Hall. We show the emotional scenes in which tears even come to his eyes in the video above.
Although David Beckham is one of the most famous football stars in the world, he has now placed himself in the 'Elizabeth Line' with the many other mourning people in a very unpretentious and down-to-earth manner to pay their last respects to the Queen in Westminster Hall. And the ex-kicker has taken on a lot for this – after all, the regular waiting time was around 40 hours in the meantime, the queue in front of the location is said to have been 16 km long. It is said to be the largest rush that London has ever seen for such an occasion. More than a million people were expected in advance in the English capital.
In fact, Beckham didn't go unrecognized for long in line, despite shielding his face from prying eyes with a low-slung beanie. So he passed the long wait with fan talks and selfies. And indeed, after about 12 hours, he was finally allowed to enter Westminster Hall.
How much Beckham suffers from the Queen's death is shown by pictures from the hall where her coffin is laid out under strict surveillance. In addition to many other grieving fans, the 47-year-old walks towards him, finding it difficult to hold back the tears. Suddenly his face is marked by sadness. The former professional athlete looks awestruck and touched, but also deeply hurt.
David Beckham first met the Queen live in public in 2002. At the opening of the 17th Commonwealth Games at the City of Manchester Stadium in July of that year, he had handed over the 'Golden Jubilee Baton' to the monarch, who then opened the games.
Just one year later, in November 2003, David Beckham, who was still an active football star at the time, received the OBE (Order of the British Empire) from the Queen. “I am honored and privileged to receive this recognition. It's not just for me, it's for Manchester United, England, all my team-mates and my family.'
He then had the honor of gaining audiences with the Queen several times – including in relation to the annual Queen's Young Leaders Awards.
Today, Beckham is considered an ally of the royal family, having appeared on the guest list at the royal weddings of Prince William and Princess Kate in 2011 and Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan in 2018. (cch)