David Beckham joined the miles-long queue to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth II. 

The English athlete jumped in line in the middle of the night in order to view the queen's coffin at London's Westminster Hall.

"I thought by coming at 2 a.m. it was going to be a little bit quieter — I was wrong," "It's special to be here."

"I grew up in a household of royalists and I was brought up that way. If my grandparents would have been here today, 

I know that they would have wanted to be here," Beckham explained.

 "So I'm here on their behalf and on behalf of my family and obviously to celebrate with everybody else here."

The soccer star knew the day the queen passed "was always going to be difficult."

"It's difficult for the nation, it's difficult for everyone around the world because I think everyone is feeling it.

 Our thoughts are with the family and obviously with everybody here today," he shared.

 In 2003, he received an OBE for Services to Football. OBE stands for Officer of the Order of the British Empire.