James Blunt and wife Sofia Wellesley queue to see Queen lie in state

James Blunt and his socialite wife Sofia Wellesley join winding queue of mourners as they wait to see the Queen lie in state at Westminster Hall ahead of funeral

James Blunt and his wife Sofia Wellesley were pictured queuing to pay their respects to The Queen on Sunday in London near Tower Bridge.

The singer, 48, looked smart in a black suit as he placed a tender hand around the arm of his socialite partner, 39, who wore a navy long-sleeved top.

They were spotted amongst the throng of thousands of others who queued for over 10 hours to see the late Monarch lie in state in Westminster Hall.

On their way: James Blunt and his wife Sofia Wellesley were pictured queuing to pay their respects to The Queen on Sunday in London near Tower Bridge

A photo of the pair was shared to the social network by a member of the public shortly after 5pm.

Sofia is thought to be friends with The Queen’s grandaughter Princess Eugenie, and she joined the You’re Beautiful hitmaker in attending Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s 2018 wedding.

Strictly’s Neil Jones and his girlfriend Chyna Mills looked loved-up earlier that day after spending the night queuing to pay their respects to The Queen.

The couple were spotted amongst the throng of thousands of others who queued for over 10 hours.

Tragic: The Queen died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland last Thursday. Her coffin travelled down to London on Tuesday to lie in state ahead of her funeral on Monday

They pair walked hand-in-hand through the busy London streets after witnessing a historical moment in history.

Neil kept his followers up to date on his Instagram account about his progress in the queue, showing a picture of The Shard and also of a cherry picker along the way.

Tilda Swinton cut a sombre figure as she bowed her head while visiting the Queen’s coffin on Saturday.

The British actress, 61, joined the five-mile long line of members of the public who had queued for an estimated nine hours this week.

Hand-in-hand: Strictly’s Neil Jones and his girlfriend Chyna Mills looked loved-up on Sunday after spending the night queuing to pay their respects to The Queen

In footage from the BBC’s news coverage that began circulating on social media on Saturday, Tilda could be seen dressed all in black as she reached the coffin and paused for a few seconds to pay her respects for the late monarch

Hidden among the throng, David Beckham waited for more than 13 hours to pay his respects to the Queen despite being offered the chance to jump the queue by an MP on Friday.

Dressed in a suit that hid his famous tattoos, a cap and a Covid mask, the former England captain, 47, joined mourners in the ‘Elizabeth line’ at 2am, going unnoticed by the masses for hours as he shuffled his way from Southwark Park to Westminster Hall.

Paying her respects: Tilda Swinton, 61, cut a sombre figure as she bowed her head while visiting the Queen’s coffin at Westminster Hall in London

Along with those around him, who helped keep his secret initially, Beckham said he survived on the very unfootballer-like diet of ‘Pringles, sherbet lemons, sandwiches, coffee and doughnuts’.

‘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 this today is meant to be shared together,’ he told BBC News.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder saw his cover finally blown shortly after midday, with members of the public taking to social media to share the news he was there.

The Daily Mail revealed Beckham had been invited to view Her Majesty’s coffin by an MP, who is allowed to take up to four guests, to jump the queue.

But he declined the offer, saying that his grandfather Joseph West – a staunch royalist and the man the footballer has called his ‘real-life hero’ – would have been disappointed.

The Queen died at the age of 96 at her beloved Balmoral Castle in Scotland last Thursday.

Her coffin travelled down to London on Tuesday to lie in state ahead of her funeral on Monday.

Upset: David Beckham wiped a tear from his eye as he approached the Queen’s coffin following a 13-hour wait in the five-mile-long queue

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