On Wednesday, Beckham received her OBE at Buckingham Palace from none other than Prince William for her services to the fashion industry and for her charity work over the course of her nearly two-decade-long career. She was joined by her soccer star husband David Beckham, who received an OBE of his own in 2003, and her parents.
Following the investiture ceremony, Beckham told the BBC, "It was an absolute pleasure to be at Buckingham Palace today. I'm proud to be British, honoured and humbled to receive my OBE from the Duke of Cambridge. If you dream big and work hard you can accomplish great things. I'm so happy to share this very special occasion with my parents and husband; without their love and support, none of this would be possible."
The occasion even prompted the notoriously solemn designer to crack a rare grin.
The mother of four, who celebrated her 43rd birthday just yesterday, also posted a photo of herself and her new, prestigious accessory to her Instagram account. "Wonderful day celebrating with my beautiful family x #BuckinghamPalace #OBE ?? VB," she captioned the image.
Beckham officially kicked off her career in fashion with a showing at New York Fashion Week in 2008. Most recently, she released a collection for Target that sold out in just hours, prompting shoppers to clamor for the few items put up for auction on eBay. The former Spice Girl was also named a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador in September 2014.
In a recent interview for Elle UK's cover, Beckham revealed that despite her pop-star past, she was always meant to have a future in fashion.
"Being in the Spice Girls was so much fun, but I was never the best singer or dancer. I learned an enormous amount during that time, though: the staging, the lighting, the costumes – the package excited me. But I love fashion — this is what I'm genuinely interested in.… When I look back at my past self, [the way I dressed and behaved] was probably a sign of my insecurities. I feel quite confident in myself now."
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