Dan Walker defends David Beckham from critics who said he wanted to get publicity 

Dan Walker has defended David Beckham after the former England captain was accused of visiting the Queen lying in state for ‘exposure’ purposes only.

Beckham’s trip was widely reported after he was spotted queuing amongst thousands of others on the way to Westminster Hall.

But hidden among the throng, Becks waited for more than 13 hours to pay his respects to the Queen, despite even being offered the chance to jump the queue by an MP.

Former BBC Breakfast presenter later praised 47-year old Beckham on Twitter, writing: ‘Fair play to David Beckham for joining the #queueforthequeue. 12 hours plus apparently to pay his respects.’

One user took the opportunity to criticised Beckham however, sparking Walker to come out in support of the star.

‘Had to show his face didn’t he, any chance of exposure,’ the user’s tweet read.

Dan, 45, meanwhile, replied: ‘Have a word with yourself Chris. He’s been there since 2am this morning. If he wants headlines he pops to the chippy in his PJs.’   

Other users backed Beckham on the social media platform to defend him, however, with one writing: ‘Fair play to him.

‘Celebrities are the same as us all. No one should be allowed to jump the queue, what makes celebrities more special in this kind of situation, the Queen loved us all the same. 

‘Nice one David and to all the other famous people who have waited patiently.’