David Beckham joined the mile-long line to pay his respects to Queen Elizabeth II. 

The England athlete got in line in the middle of the night to see the queen's coffin at Westminster Hall in London.

"I thought arriving at 2am would be a bit quieter - I was wrong," he joked to Sky News, later adding, "It's special to be here."

Queen Elizabeth II died in Scotland on September 8. She was 96 years old.

"I grew up in a house of monarchists and was raised that way. If my grandparents were here

today, I know they would want to be here," Beckham explained.

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

The soccer star knew that the day the Queen passed away was "always going to be difficult."

"It's hard for the nation, it's hard for everyone around the world, because I think everyone

is feeling it. Our thoughts are with the family and obviously everyone here today," she shared.