Over four days, hundreds of thousands of people queued to see the monarch’s coffin at Westminster Hall, ahead of today’s state funeral.
Among them was David Beckham, who joined the line at 2am on Friday (16 September) morning wearing a suit, black tie and black flat cap. The former England player said that he waited nearly 12 hours to see the coffin ahead of the Queen’s funeral, with reports claiming that he turned down the chance to use a special access queue.
Hosting BBC News’s coverage in the run-up to the Queen’s funeral on Monday (19 September), presenter Huw Edwards praised Beckham for queueing along with the public.
“There have been quite a few familiar faces in the queue for that lying in state at Westminster Hall,” Edwards said.
“We did of course see a certain David Beckham there on Friday. He was widely praised for queueing for hours and hours, not jumping the queue because he’s a superstar VIP.”
Edwards then added: “No, he was in the queue for many hours and good for him.”
The clip was circulated on Twitter, with one commenter writing: “Love the little dig from Huw Edwards here.”
“Huw Edwards! What a man! On about queue jumping! Hilarious!” another tweeted.
— dan 🤓 COYG 🔴⚪️ (@thequalitydan) September 18, 2022
Other celebrities to have queued to have paid their respects at the Queen lying-in-state included Tilda Swinton and Sharon Osbourne. You can read the full list here.
However, some famous figures, including This Morning hosts Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, came under fire for “jumping the queue” when they paid their respects via a press gallery for a separate viewing.
This Morning‘s producers denied that the presenters had “jumped the queue, had VIP access or filed past the Queen lying in state”, adding that they instead “were there in a professional capacity as part of the world’s media to report on the event”.
The Queen’s coffin will now be transported to Westminster Abbey for her funeral service at 11am on Monday.