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David Beckham ‘refused offer to skip queue’ during visit to the Queen’s coffin

David Beckham reportedly refused an offer to skip the queue during his visit to the Queen’s coffin on Friday.

Queen Elizabeth II passed away peacefully on September 8 aged 96, at her Scottish estate of Balmoral.

The football legend queued for 13 hours to visit the monarch’s coffin in Westminster Hall, having joined the line at 2am that morning before finally reaching the end in the mid-afternoon.

David, who received an OBE from Queen Elizabeth II back in 2003, appeared emotional as he paid tribute to the late monarch.

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.”

Speaking to ITV News while he waited in the queue, David recalled the “special moment” he was awarded an OBE by the late monarch.

“To receive my OBE, I took my grandparents with me, who were the ones that really brought me up to be a huge royalist and a fan of the royal family, and obviously I had my wife there as well,” he said.

“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.”

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

“I think it’ll take a long time to understand [the Queen’s death] because I think Her Majesty meant so much in so many different ways,” he continued.

“This day was always going to be difficult for the nation, it’s difficult for everyone around the world because everyone is feeling it.”


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