David Beckham: “I thought coming in at 2am would be a little quieter’ – Beckham queuing for hours to see Queen Elizabeth lying in state

David Beckham joined the queue to see Queen Elizabeth lying in state at 2 a.m. today, looking emotional as he approached her coffin after a 13-hour wait.

The former soccer star has joined thousands of other people in the five-mile queue.

A father of four finally approached her coffin at about 3.30 this afternoon and bowed his head while expressing his respect.

He had earlier told ITN News about what a sad day it was, praising the legacy left by the British monarch.

Meanwhile, images circulated on social media earlier showed their teammates queuing up to Westminster Hall holding their phones in the air for a photo of the 47-year-old ex-footballer waiting to pay his respects.

One person tweeted: “The queue is now full of people trying to film David Beckham and forgetting to actually move on.

“It’s crazy!

“I feel a bit sorry for him, but he’s handling it very well.

“It almost made me forget we were in the queue for nearly twelve hours though.”

Meanwhile, Beckham, a proponent of royalty, said he felt “lucky” to spend time with the Queen and remember the special moment he was awarded the OBE Medal.

“To come forward, to have my honor, but also Her Majesty, to ask questions and speak, I have been so fortunate that I have been able to have a few moments like this in my life, to be near Her Majesty,” he told ITV News.

“Because we can all see with the love that was shown, how special she was and how special she was and the legacy she left behind.

“It’s a sad day, but one when we remember the amazing legacy you left.”

The former midfielder also recalled singing God Save the Queen with his teammates before their matches in England, as “something that means a lot to us”.

Speaking of joining the waiting list, he added, “I thought by coming in at 2 a.m. it would be quieter – I was wrong.”

Meanwhile, among the other celebrities spotted on the queue was British TV presenter Susanna Reid.

The Good Morning Britain anchor, 51, attended the historic event Thursday with her mother Sue, and said she had “had a moment in history”.

She detailed her experience on Twitter: “In the evening – with my beautiful mother and her good friend, I have just had a moment in history – I watch the Queen reclining in Westminster Hall. Majestic and serene at once.”

Her posts also shared tips for others waiting in the queue, saying: “If you’re planning to queue, here are our tips. We joined at 1.23pm near Butlers Wharf and entered Westminster Hall at 8.43pm – 7hrs 20min. Wear the most comfortable shoes You own it.Go with someone if you can, although everyone in the queue was friendly.

“Don’t carry much in the bag – water is free and there are plenty of cafes along the way. Also a lot of toilets. I put my phone on low battery mode and it ran all the time.”