David Beckham caused a stir in the queue to see the late Queen lie in state as he joined the public in line.
Pictures shared on social media showed other members of the queue for Westminster Hall holding their phones in the air to snap a photo of the 47-year-old former footballer as he waited to pay his respects.
One woman said the former England captain had queued for 10 hours and his presence caused the queue to stop as the queue was “full of people trying to photograph David Beckham and forgetting to actually move on. It’s crazy”.
They tweeted: “I feel a bit sorry for him but he’s taking it really well.
“It’s made me almost forget that we’ve been in line for almost twelve hours.”
Among other celebrities seen in the queue was TV presenter Susanna Reid.
The Good Morning Britain anchor, 51, attended the historic event on Thursday with her mother Sue, and said she had “experienced a moment in history”.
She recounted her experience on Twitter, saying: “Evening – with my beautiful mum and her very good friend, I have just experienced a moment in history – witnessing the Queen lie in state in Westminster Hall. At once majestic and peaceful.”
Her posts also shared tips for others in the queue, saying: “If you’re planning to queue here are our tips. We joined at 1.23pm near Butlers Wharf and entered Westminster Hall at 8.43pm – 7h20 minutes. Wear the most comfortable shoes. you own. Go with someone if you can, although everyone in line was friendly.
“Don’t take too much in a bag – water is freely available and there are lots of cafes along the route. Lots of toilets too. I put my phone on low battery mode and it lasted the whole time.
“The first part of the queue is for wristbands. Ours were given out at Tower Bridge about an hour after we started queuing. There’s no queue jumping – people waited patiently for wristbands and once you’ve got one you can leave the queue for snacks/loo stops and slides back in.”
Following the Queen’s death, aged 96, last week, Reid was among the high-profile figures to pay tribute to her.
In a post on Instagram, she wrote: “No one more likely to be loved, admired and respected than Her Majesty The Queen, and while she may not be immortal, I think we’ve always hoped that she might be.”
Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby were also seen at Westminster Hall as they paid their respects to the late monarch.
The presenting duo, who have been hosting special tribute editions of ITV’s This Morning to the late Queen this week, were dressed in black as they lined up for the historic occasion.
Reality TV star Sharon Osbourne was also seen among the thousands of mourners.
On Friday, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport paused the queue at Westminster Hall for “at least six hours” after Southwark Park reached capacity, with the estimated waiting time for mourners rising to at least 14 hours.
Some of those queuing will witness the King, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex hold a 15-minute vigil around their mother’s coffin at around 7.30pm on Friday.
For those unable to attend in person, a continuous live stream of the Queen lying in state has been set up by a number of broadcasters, including the BBC and ITV.
Thousands have turned up to watch mourners file solemnly past the casket to pay their respects.