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David Beckham on queue for 12 hours to see Queen lying in state

David Dennis Beckham said paying his respects to the Queen was “special” after he queued for 12 hours to see Elizabeth II lying in state.

The former England captain, now 47, was among those who took their turn to walk past the coffin at Westminster Hall.

Footage appeared to show him wiping away tears.

He said afterwards “It’s special to be here, to celebrate and to hear the different stories that people have”.

Beckham was presented with an OBE by the Queen in 2003 for his services to football.

He recalled: “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, to be around Her Majesty.

“It’s a sad day, but it’s a day for us to remember the incredible legacy that she’s left’’.

“This day was always going to be difficult and 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.

Beckham joined the long queue along the River Thames on Friday and revealed that he and those around him had been fuelled during their wait by Pringles crisps, sherbet lemon sweets, coffee and donuts.

Editing by Tersoo Nicholas