David Beckham, 41, recently visited the Queen of England, Queen Elizabeth II, on June 23, 2016. Beckham was accompanied by Prince Harry, to Buckingham Palace, for a speech honoring young leaders. According to “People,” Beckham said that being there and driving through the gate gave him goose bumps. Even though he has been to the Palace more than once, he feels that every time is special.
Beckham candidly talked to the reporters of “People” magazine about his 4-year-old daughter Harper. He said after he picked up his daughter from school he told his little girl that he was going to see the Queen. Harper’s only question to her dad was whether or not the Queen would be drinking tea.
According to ET, Beckham had reported that this was his second visit to Buckingham Palace but his first in lieu of the Queen’s Young Leaders program. The former soccer star posted a photo on Instagram, of himself with the Queen. The photo’s caption said he was looking forward to visiting Buckingham Palace to meet The Queen’s Young Leaders of 2016.
It was reported by “The Huffington Post,” that his first meeting with the Queen took place in 2002, at a reception for the Football Association where he was able to make the Queen smile.
During the speech, honoring the Queen’s Young Leaders, Prince Harry spoke of his grandmother in only the highest regards. The Prince said even though he had been fortunate to meet extraordinary people over the years, none compared to the Queen. He continued by stating, he looks to his grandmother for inspiration and guidance, as so many others do.
Beckham told reporters that his own children could look up to the young leaders who had been honored at the speech. The former soccer star has stated that it was nice to see the passion the young men and women held for their life and their dreams. Beckham also said that the excitement in the palace was beyond amazing, and he could see that meeting the Queen was an incredible experience for the young leaders.
In Prince Harry’s speech to the evening’s honorees, for the work they have done across the world, he said, that the Queen recognizes what they have done, not only for themselves, but for their communities, for people who were less fortunate, and their own peers. The Queen’s Young Leaders Award gives recognition to the services they have done, which included HIV and sexual health education, micro-financing, and the recycling of hi-tech waste.
In other news, according to “The New York Times,” Beckham and his wife Victoria were in support of the eurosceptic side of the European Union (EU). On June 21, 2016, the former soccer star posted a photo on Instagram of the IN logo. The Queen has denied reports by “The Sun,” stating that she was in favor of the Brexit.
The voting ended on June 23, 2016, at 10 p.m. BST, with a record-breaking 46.5 million people in the United Kingdom registered to cast their ballot. There was a 71 percent turnout of voters. The people voted to remain with the IN and the prime minister has opted to resign in lieu of the decision.
By Tracy Blake
Edited by Jeanette Smith
People: Prince Harry and David Beckham Team Up to Honor the Queen – and We’ve Never Seen Her Smile So Big!
The New York Times: Victoria and David Beckham Declare Anti-Brexit Stance
Biography: David BeckhamImage
NBC News: ‘Brexit’ Referendum: Polls Close in U.K. Vote on Future in EU
ET: Queen Elizabeth Can’t Stop Smiling at David Beckham During Her Young Leaders Awards
The Huffington Post: A Dapper David Beckham Brings A Smile To Queen Elizabeth’s Face
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