David Beckham pays his respects to Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Hall

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David Beckham pays his respects to Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Hall

David Beckham wiped a tear from his eye as he approached the Queen's coffin following a 13-hour wait in the five-mile-long queue.

Former England captain David Beckham has said he attended the Queen’s lying in state to celebrate her life and legacy, and remembered his late grandparents saying if they had been alive they would have been there.

The football star began queueing at 2am on Friday and looked emotional as he finally made it inside Westminster Hall to view the monarch’s coffin.

Speaking after the viewing, Beckham, 47, a keen royalist, told press: “It is emotional for everybody involved.”

He added: “Her Majesty was someone special and will be missed just by everyone.”

Beckham was made an OBE in 2003 and received the honour for his services to football, and over the years has been involved in the Queen’s Young Leader Award, which was established in 2014.