Millions of people who tuned into the Royal Wedding were left in good spirits – and not just because they got to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle finally tie the knot.
They were also singing high praises for David Beckham.
The former Manchester United and England international footballer showed he was a true gent after shaking the hand of a police officer as he and Victoria Beckham were making their way into St. Geroge’s Chapel, Windsor.
Becks’ simple, but kind gesture seemed to resonate with millions of people across the country who took to Twitter to acknowledge it.
He was also spotted going out of his way to meet and greet 12-year-old Amelia Mae Thompson, a survivor of last year’s attack at the Manchester Arena, who was outside the chapel.
One Instagram user wrote:
David Beckham, you absolute legend. This may have just been a handshake and a ‘thank you’ to the police officer on your part, but it meant so much more to police officers all over the country. It hadn’t gone unnoticed. Thank you
On Twitter, David was lauded for his gesture to the police officer standing outside the chapel:
— Ryan Sheehan👮 (@rsheehan999) May 19, 2018
Brilliant, symbolic handshake for police officer from David Beckham at the #RoyalWedding
Thanks David! pic.twitter.com/8dRCDIN9su
— Peter Kirkham (@Peter_Kirkham) May 20, 2018
— Scarfie (@Scarfie1) May 20, 2018
— PC Adam Pace (@PCAdamPace) May 19, 2018
— SC 3188 🍺+ 🚘 = ❌ (@SC3188) May 19, 2018
The Beckhams were among the 600 guests at Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding, which included the likes of Oprah, George Clooney, Priyanka Chopra, Serena Williams and Idris Elba.
While the footballing icon was praised for his kind gestures before the wedding it appears he wasn’t fully on his best behaviour during the ceremony.
He broke a huge rule (if you can call it that), being caught on camera in the act of chewing gum.
However, I don’t think the nation will be burning sarong-wearing-effigies of him this time around after his latest hiccup.
The reaction on Twitter was pretty big to David’s chewing in church:
— Graham Mann 📇 (@GrahamRMann) May 19, 2018
Just popped in from gardening and caught a bit of the congregation. Wondering what flavour gum David Beckham is chewing. Commentators no help at all.#RoyalWedding
— Brian Lynch (@bjlemsworth) May 19, 2018
Why is David Beckham chewing gum at the royal wedding?!
— Laura Husson (@totallylaura) May 19, 2018
#royalwedding Never invite commoners. David Beckham was chewing gum and the guy from Mumford and Sons yawned.
— stillwatrs (@stillwatrs) May 19, 2018
David Beckham, are you chewing singam in church? pic.twitter.com/DF9NPT8U3W
— Cota B (@bubbs07) May 19, 2018
My mum was absolutely appalled that david beckham was chewing gum in church 😂😂
— els (@Elsb__) May 19, 2018
Beckham was looking fresh but with chewing gum in his mouth, he looked ready to be back in the dugout on a cold Wednesday night in Stoke.
The ceremony was officiated by the Dean of Windsor, David Conner and the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, who performed the newlywed’s vows.
At the beginning of the ceremony, Meghan was walked down the aisle by Prince Charles after her father, Thomas Markle, was forced to pull out due to last minute heart surgery. On the morning of the wedding, Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland, accompanied her daughter to Windsor Castle with select members of the wedding party.
Meghan released a statement following her father’s decision to pull out of the wedding, in which she professes she’s ‘always cared’ for him and hopes he can be given the time and space he needs to focus on his health.
Thomas was watching however and told TMZ:
My baby looks beautiful and she looks very happy. I wish I were there and I wish them all my love and all happiness.
He added how watching the ceremony was ’emotional and joyful’.
Harry’s reaction to his bride walking down the aisle was a truly breathtaking moment.
When she came to his side, the prince said to her:
You look amazing.
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