Former England football team captain David Beckham was forced to wait for more than 13 hours to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth.
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Beckham was born at Whipps Cross University Hospital in Leytonstone, London, England.
He is the son of Sandra Georgina, a hairdresser, and David Edward Alan “Ted” Beckham, a kitchen fitter; the couple married in 1969 in the London Borough of Hackney.
David Robert Joseph Beckham
2 May 1975
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He was given the middle name Robert in honour of Bobby Charlton, his father’s favourite footballer.
He has an older sister, Lynne Georgina, and a younger sister, Joanne Louise and he attended Chingford County High School in Ridgeway Park, Chingford.
In a 2007 interview, Beckham said that, “At school whenever the teachers asked, ‘What do you want to do when you’re older?’ I’d say, ‘I want to be a footballer.’ And they’d say, ‘No, what do you really want to do, for a job?’ But that was the only thing I ever wanted to do.”
An emotional David Beckham was filmed paying his respects to the Queen after waiting for over 12 hours in line.
Beckham reportedly wiped away a tear as he bowed his head while viewing the Queen’s coffin.
The former England football captain told Sky News he had joined tens of thousands of people snaking towards Westminster Hall to celebrate Britain’s “special” queen.
Beckham, 47, was seen wearing a dark flat cap, suit and tie as he waited in line to pay his respects.
“This day was always going to be a difficult day,” he told Sky News. “Our thoughts are with the family — it’s very special to hear all of the stories from people here.
“The most special moment for me was to receive my OBE (Order of the British Empire honour from the queen, which he received in 2003). I took my grandparents with me who were huge royalists.
“I was so lucky that I was able to have a few moments like that in my life to be around Her Majesty. It’s a sad day, but a day to remember.”
“I thought by coming at 2:00 am it was going to be a little bit quieter — I was wrong,” he told ITV News.
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Football Icon David Beckham was captured while he paid his respects to the Queen after waiting for over 12 hours in Queue.
Multiple reports claim that Beckham wiped away a tear as he bowed his head while viewing the Queen’s coffin and paying his last respects.
To honor Britain’s “special” queen, the former England football captain told Sky News that he had joined the multitudes of tens of thousands of people en route to Westminster Hall.
“Our thoughts are with the family—it’s extraordinary to hear all of the stories from people here. The most special moment for me was to receive my OBE (Order of the British Empire honor from the queen, which he received in 2003). I took my grandparents with me, who were huge royalists. I was so lucky that I was able to have a few moments like that in my life to be around Her Majesty. It’s a sad day, but a day to remember.”
Beckham claimed that he had arrived to line up early to miss the main rush but somehow failed to do so.
“The people here are all ages. There was an 84-year-old lady walking around. There was a 90-year-old gentleman walking around,” Beckham added.
“Everybody wants to be here to be a part of this experience and celebrate what Her Majesty has done for us.”
One user, Christopher Anstee, shared a selfie he took with the soccer star, showing Beckham chose to wear a formal suit, black tie, and flat cap for the occasion.
Beckham wore the No. 7 shirt during most of his career at Manchester United and with England, before wearing the No. 23 top at Real Madrid and L.A. Galaxy.
- 7 : Manchester United F.C. / Midfielder
- 32 : Paris Saint-Germain F.C.
- 23 : Real Madrid CF / Midfielder
- 23 : LA Galaxy / Midfielder
- 32 : A.C. Milan / Midfielder
- 7 : England national football team / Midfielder
While Beckham may have been the biggest star in world football when he signed for Real Madrid in 2003, the No. 7 was worn by Raul, the club captain and a Blancos icon.
Unable to continue wearing the No. 7 – a number he was building the ‘DB7’ brand around – Beckham chose the No. 23, inspired by Michael Jordan, who wore that number for the Chicago Bulls.
According to former Real Madrid sporting director Jorge Valdano, No. 4 and No. 23 were Beckham’s options and the player’s wife, Victoria, steered him towards No. 23.
“Finally, his wife intervened to say something like: ‘The number 23 didn’t do Jordan any harm.’”
He then resolved to remain attached to the No. 23 when he made the switch to MLS to play for LA Galaxy, out of a classic sense of footballer’s superstition: he had enjoyed good times with it.