David Beckham has praised the Royal Family after Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
The UK’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 Westminster Abbey in London.
The former professional footballer 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 mourned the loss of a unique, inspiring and caring leader. People from all walks of life came together in their thousands to express their gratitude to our beloved Queen.”
He continued, “Along with the incredible ceremony and tradition, we saw a loving family mourning a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with dignity and devotion. Her legacy of service and dedication to duty will endure… Long live the king… 🇫🇷 .”
Beckham also posted two black and white images of Queen Elizabeth with her husband, Prince Philip, who died in April 2021 aged 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 doing lined up for more than 1 p.m. on Friday to pay their respects to the Queen as her coffin lay on display in Westminster Hall.
“Today was always going to be tough, and it’s tough for the nation, it’s tough for everyone around the world, because I think everyone feels that, and our hearts go out to the family and obviously to everyone here today,” Beckham said. ITV News.
“Because it’s special to be here, celebrating and hearing the different stories people have to tell.”
The London native was one of more than 250,000 people who marched through the Parliament Building to pay their respects to the Queen, according to UK Culture Secretary Michelle Donelan.
Beckham joined the line at 2am, telling ITV he thought ‘it was going to be a little quieter’ by then, but he was ‘wrong’.
In 2003, Beckham was appointed OBE for his services to football. According to the UK government’s website, an OBE – Officer of the Order of the British Empire – “is awarded for playing a major local role in any activity, including people whose work has brought them to the national scale in the region of their choice”.
In 2011, Beckham and his wife attended the royal wedding of Prince William and Princess Kate.
Queen Elizabeth died at the age of 96 on Thursday September 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. In June, the country celebrated its platinum jubilee, which marked 70 years on the throne. After his death, his eldest son, Charles, becomes king.
It is estimated that more than half of the world’s population, or 4.1 billion people, watched the Queen’s funeral.