Victoria and David Beckham’s wedding: why Elizabeth II was flooded with letters

Victoria and David Beckham’s wedding: why Elizabeth II was flooded with letters
Victoria and David Beckham’s wedding: why Elizabeth II was flooded with letters

It was July 4, 1999, when Victoria Adams, a member of the famous girl group Spice Girls, and David Beckham, the star of Manchester United, said yes. Together for two years, the couple fascinated the English tabloids, even eclipsing other royal unions like that of Prince Edward and Sophie Rhys-Jones which took place the same year. Enough to create confusion for some fans who wanted to congratulate the newlyweds by sending them letters to their homes.

Mischievously nicknamed “Beckingham”, their home was of course confused with that of the Queen of England! A misunderstanding which, according to the Spice Girls’ press attaché, Alan Edwards, really annoyed Elizabeth II and her husband, Prince Philip. “In fact, we received a complaint from Buckingham Palace that they were continuing to receive letters addressed to David and Victoria at Buckingham Palace!” he confides to our colleagues at The Sun. Dressed all in purple, the two young spouses celebrated their wedding in front of only 29 guests, and a few photographers who captured David and Victoria in the gardens of Luttrellstown Castle in Dublin or sitting on… thrones! Enough to titillate the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh who even refused to sit on thrones in turn during the Jubilee River Pageant in 2012. “We would have looked like Mr and Mrs Beckham, wouldn’t we?” Prince Philip is said to have told his friend Gyles Brandreth.

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David and Victoria Beckham, stars close to royalty

Recently appointed ambassador of the King’s Foundation by the sovereign himself, under the advice of his son William, the former footballer appeared very close to King Charles III. He and his wife also regularly attend events of the Crown, to which they are quite close. They were notably seen at the weddings of Kate and William and Meghan and Harry, but also very moved during the tribute to Elizabeth II. Once arrived in front of Elizabeth II’s coffin, David Beckham, upset, even wiped a tear from the corner of his eye.

Article written in collaboration with 6Médias

Photo credits: Agency / Bestimage

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