Bear Grylls has apologised for “looking cheery” at Queen Elizabeth’s state funeral.
The ‘Man vs Wild’ presenter - who was representing the Scouts as the Chief Scout, a title he had held since 2009 - explained why he offered a little wave as he entered Westminster Abbey on Monday (19.09.2022), noting he actually spotted one of his ‘Running Wild’ colleagues filming the momentous event for the world press.
The 48-year-old star wrote on Instagram later in the day: “Special to see our cameraman on Running Wild @Mungothecameraman selected to film the entrance to the service. It was him that I was acknowledging when I waved. I’m so sorry if it looked cheery when it is such a solemn day. I didn’t mean that.”
Bear posted an array of photos from the day he “will never forget” as the nation said goodbye to Her Majesty - who died on September 8 aged 96 - after she sat on the throne for more than 70 years.
He wrote: “It’s a day we will never forget… a truly beautiful testament to our Nation’s Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. Rest in Peace. Your duty done. Long Live King Charles…”
Bear - who attended Eton College, the same school as Princes William and Harry - was one of the first to grace the steps before the funeral which hosted many famous faces.
Among these celebs included ‘Killing Eve’ star Sandra Oh, who was representing the Order of Canada and ‘Coronation Street’ star Antony Cotton, who has a history with the British military. ‘Peep Show’ star Sophie Winkleman was also in attendance as she is connected to the Royal Family through her husband Lord Frederick Windsor, the son of Prince Michael of Kent.
While the Queen’s coffin was lying-in-state in Westminster Hall in the lead up to the funeral, many celebs waited hours to pay their respects in the queue along the River Thames such as actress Tilda Swinton, ‘Good Morning Britain’ anchor Susanna Reid and ex England captain David Beckham.