David Beckham Praises Royal Family Following Funeral: ‘Our Queen Is Home’ – Newsweek

David Beckham praised the royal family following Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

The U.K.’s longest-reigning monarch was laid to rest at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, England on Monday, September 19, following a state funeral held at London’s Westminster Abbey.

The former professional soccer player shared the touching tribute via Instagram later that evening.

“Our Queen is home.. Today we said a final farewell to Her Majesty The Queen,” Beckham, 47, wrote. “This week the world has mourned the loss of a unique, inspirational & caring leader. People from all walks of life came together in their thousands to show gratitude for our beloved Queen.”

He continued: “Alongside the incredible ceremony and tradition we have watched a loving family grieve for a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with dignity and dedication. Her legacy of service and devotion to duty will endure…Long live the King.. 🇬🇧.”

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David Beckham attends the Dior Homme Menswear Spring Summer 2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on June 24, 2022 in Paris, France. (Inset) Queen Elizabeth II attends the 2019 Braemar Highland Games on September 7, 2019 in Braemar, Scotland. The former professional soccer player shared a touching tribute to the late monarch following her state funeral on Monday.
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Beckham also posted two black-and-white images of Queen Elizabeth with her husband, Prince Philip, who passed away in April 2021 at the age of 99.

“Back Together,” he captioned the photos.

The posts come just days after the father of four—who shares kids Brooklyn, 23, Romeo, 20, Cruz, 17, Harper, 11 with wife Victoria Beckham—was spotted waiting in line for more than 13 hours Friday to pay his respects to the queen while her coffin was lying in state at Westminster Hall.

“This day was always going to be difficult, and it’s difficult for the nation, it’s difficult for everyone around the world, because I think everyone is feeling it, and our thoughts are with the family and obviously with everybody here today,” Beckham told ITV News.

“Because it’s special to be here, to celebrate, and to hear the different stories that people have to say.”

The London native was one of more than 250,000 people who passed through the parliament building to pay their respects to the queen, according to U.K.’s culture secretary Michelle Donelan.

Beckham joined the line at 2 a.m., telling ITV he thought “it was going to be a little bit quieter” at that time, but he was “wrong.”

In 2003, Beckham was made an OBE for his services to soccer. According to the U.K.’s government website, an OBE—Officer of the Order of the British Empire—”is awarded for having a major local role in any activity, including people whose work has made them known nationally in their chosen area.”

In 2011, Beckham and his wife attended Prince William and Princess Kate‘s royal wedding.

Queen Elizabeth died at the age of 96 on Thursday, September 8, at Scotland’s Balmoral Castle. In June, the country celebrated her Platinum Jubilee, which marked her 70 years on the throne. Following her death, her eldest son, Charles, became king.

It’s estimated that more than half of the world’s population—4.1 billion people—tuned in to watch the queen’s funeral.

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