Former England soccer captain David Beckham remembered a “distinctive, inspirational and caring chief” as tributes have been paid from the world of sport to the Queen on the day of her state funeral.
Sport got here to a standstill throughout the UK on Monday as Britons pay their closing respects to the Queen, and organisations and people posted messages of condolence.
Beckham had queued for 13 hours to see the late monarch mendacity in state at Westminster Corridor.
After the Queen was laid to relaxation at St George’s Chapel in Windsor on Monday afternoon, the previous Manchester United, Actual Madrid and Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder posted his personal tribute on Instagram.
“Our Queen is residence. Right this moment we stated a closing farewell to Her Majesty The Queen. This week the world has mourned the lack of a singular, inspirational & caring chief,” Beckham stated.
“Individuals from all walks of life got here collectively of their hundreds to point out gratitude for our beloved Queen. Alongside the unbelievable ceremony and custom we now have watched a loving household grieve for a mom, grandmother and great-grandmother with dignity and dedication.
“Her legacy of service and devotion to responsibility will endure. Lengthy dwell the King”
Earlier on Monday, heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury posted a video on-line, during which he stated: “I’ve been off social media for the final 10 days mourning in respect for our Queen who’s died.
“I hope the funeral goes nicely, condolences to the complete household and will she relaxation in heaven for eternity.”
The English Soccer League wrote on its Twitter web page: “On the day of the funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the EFL and its golf equipment want to be part of the nation in reflecting on the late Sovereign’s outstanding lifetime of service to the nation, and our ideas are with the Royal Household.”
The supervisor of the Northern Eire males’s nationwide soccer workforce Ian Baraclough and his assistant Jimmy Nicholl additionally paused for a second of reflection at Windsor Park in Belfast on Monday morning.
Premier League groups paid tribute, with Southampton posting a photograph of the Queen presenting the FA Cup trophy to their captain Peter Rodrigues after the 1976 closing win over Manchester United at Wembley.
High-flight soccer resumed over the weekend, with groups honouring the late monarch by moments of silence, specially-designed programmes and different tributes.
Racing, the Queen’s favorite sport, initially had conferences scheduled at Leicester, Warwick, Hamilton Park and Wolverhampton however they have been cancelled after the funeral date was introduced.
A variety of figures from that sport have been in attendance on the funeral at Westminster Abbey, together with the Queen’s racing supervisor John Warren, who on Saturday described the Queen’s “outstanding capacity to get a lot pleasure out of any horse, it doesn’t matter what degree that horse was in a position to obtain”.
Warren continued: “If we had carried out our greatest, if we have been in a position to get the equal of a D pupil a C grade with finest endeavour, that itself was great.
“The horse had the final phrase and that’s what was fascinating for the Queen.”
Australian coach Gai Waterhouse was additionally among the many mourners, though fellow handler Chris Waller couldn’t make the journey attributable to Covid-related points.
The Queen was patron of quite a few sporting establishments together with the Soccer Affiliation, British Olympic Affiliation, the MCC and the Commonwealth Video games Federation.
In 2012, she famously showcased her performing expertise alongside Daniel Craig in a James Bond video for the Olympic opening ceremony in London.
Whereas sport is paused at residence, some British groups competing elsewhere have introduced plans to honour the Queen.
These embody the nation’s rowers on the world championships in Racice, Czech Republic, whose request for a schedule adjustment to keep away from a conflict with the funeral was turned down by World Rowing.
An announcement from British Rowing learn: “Now we have sought to compete with probably the most applicable changes to point out our respect for HM The Queen, the Royal Household and the nation.
“The workforce will likely be sporting black ribbons when racing throughout the interval of mourning and can be part of the nation to watch the minute’s silence on Sunday night. Everybody inside the workforce delegation circuitously concerned in racing may also observe the two-minute silence on Monday.”