David Beckham charmed the public earlier this week by queuing for 12 hours to witness the lying-in-state of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Proving that he’s just as in-touch with society as common folk, the former England captain was happy to brush off any special treatment as he made the special pilgrimage to see the Queen.
Since retiring as a player in 2013, Beckham has gone on to become one of football’s most famous ambassadors - founding Inter Miami and developing young players. Though not many players could match him for talent, the up-and-comers can at least learn from his grace and sense of pride.
What’s even more applause-worthy is the fact that Beckham was offered a chance to skip the line, and instead view the coffin as the guest of an MP, but he turned the wager down as his Royalist grandfather ‘wouldn’t have skipped the queue’.
Beckham and I are like two peas in a pod. Much like myself, Beckham cherises the values set by his grandparents and considers waiting in line a badge of honour. The former footballer is humble and down-to-earth, as am I, as I would happily stand in line with those less important than me if it meant paying respect to Her Majesty.
It is no surprise that David Beckham is clamouring for a knighthood and it’s nothing less than he deserves.
One of the greatest footballers of his generation, Beckham revived his public image after his infamous red card against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup and turned death threats into letters of appreciation by sheer hard work and talent.
Despite how much off-the-field business the midfielder did, he never let it impact his game and always had a reputation as a dedicated and focused trainer.
The former Manchester United legend received an OBE in 2003 for his services to the game, and he brought his beloved Royalist grandparents to the ceremony with him.
Beckham was England’s hero against Greece in 2001 as he curled in a trademark free-kick to send the Three Lions to the 2002 World Cup. Twenty-one years later, he is once again the apple of the public eye thanks to his dedication to his monarch. He absolutely deserves a knighthood for his 13-hour ordeal, and it’s only fitting that he receives one in the same year that his beloved England wins the World Cup.
Whilst queuing, Beckham stated: ‘’We all want to be here together. We all want to experience something where we celebrate the amazing life of our Queen and I think something like this today is meant to be shared together.’’
Dressed in a trendy black suit and a newsboy hat, Beckham certainly looked the part en route to his inevitable knighthood. Arise, Sir David Beckham, for you have sent your already-stellar reputation right into the top corner.
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