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Romeo Beckham honors the Queen after dad David queued for 13 hours to see Her Majesty in state

Romeo Beckham paid a moving tribute to the Queen after her state funeral in London on Monday.

The Inter Miami II footballer, 20, and the son of David and Victoria Beckham, shared a photo of Her Majesty thanking the monarch for her service.

It comes after his famous father, 47, waited 13 hours in line to watch the Queen lie in state at Westminster Hall on Thursday.

Romeo wrote on his Instagram: “A moment in history when we remember, mourn and celebrate the life of Queen Elizabeth II. Thank you for your service, Your Majesty’.

The athlete shared a smiling picture of the late monarch, as well as a picture of her funeral procession.

It comes after England legend David shared his own post earlier in the day: “Our Queen is home… Today we bid a final farewell to Her Majesty the Queen.”

“This week the world has mourned the loss of a unique, inspirational and caring leader. People from all walks of life came out in their thousands to show their gratitude to our beloved Queen.’

David said the nation will never forget Her Majesty’s lifelong “dedication to duty”.

“In addition to the incredible ceremony and tradition, we witnessed a loving family mourn the loss of a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother with dignity and devotion.”

“Your legacy of service and duty will endure… Long live the King,” he added, referring to the new sovereign King Charles.

On Thursday, David waited more than 13 hours to pay his respects to the Queen despite being offered the chance to skip the line by an MP.

Wearing a suit that concealed his famous tattoos, a cap and a Covid mask, the former England captain, 47, joined the mourners in the “Elizabeth line” at 2am, going unnoticed by the crowds for hours stayed as he walked away from Southwark Park towards Westminster Hall.

Along with those around him who initially helped keep his secret, David said he survived on the very unfootballer-like diet of “Pringles, sherbet lemons, sandwiches, coffee and donuts.”

“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 today is meant to be shared together,” he told BBC News at the time.

The Daily Mail revealed David had been invited to view Her Majesty’s coffin in order to skip the line by an MP, who is allowed to take up to four guests.

But he turned down the offer, saying his grandfather Joseph West – a staunch royalist and the man the footballer calls his “real-life hero” – would have been disappointed.

A source said: “David could have avoided the whole line but he wanted to be like everyone else. He said his grandfather didn’t do it [jumped the queue] so neither would he. He’d been wondering all week when would be the best time to leave, and finally left this morning.

“David grew up in an East End family who were true royalists – the kind that drew attention when the national anthem was played. He wanted to visit the Queen like any other member of the public.’

David also opted for a suit because he said that’s what his grandfather, who died in 2009 at the age of 83, would have done.

After waiting in line for 13 hours, he looked emotional as he walked past the coffin to pay his respects, eventually emerging to wipe a tear from the corner of his eye. As an England captain, he met the Queen several times and received his OBE from her in 2003.

“Every time we stood there wearing those Three Lions shirts and I had my armband and we sang God save our Queen, that was something that meant so much to us. Every time we’ve done it, it’s been special,” David told reporters.

“So that day was always difficult. 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 of course everyone here today.

“Because there is something special about being here, celebrating and hearing the different stories that people have to tell. I thought if I come at 2am it would be a little quieter – I was wrong.

“Probably the special moment for me was when I received my OBE. I took my grandparents with me who really raised me to be a big royalist and fan of the royal family and of course I had my wife there too.

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