The Beckhams are one of the world’s most famous power couples, and throughout their 16-year relationship they have gone from strength to strength.
In honour of Victoria Beckham turning 42, we decided to look back at some of the most memorable moments from the Beckham relationship below.
1997 – Started dating
The couple first met at a charity football match in 1997, but David claims they were aware of each other before this. He has been said to joke “my wife picked me out of a soccer sticker book. And I chose her off the telly.” They began dating quietly; their first kiss was in a restaurant car park. However, as they were both huge stars (in their own rights) it didn’t take long for the relationship to attract a LOT of media attention!
1998 – Got engaged
In January 1998, less than a year after they started dating, David proposed to Victoria at the Rookery hall in Cheshire (the combined rings cost a total of £200,000!)
That year turned out to be a difficult one for David, as he received a lot of backlash after being sent off during England’s World Cup Quarter Final. But loyal Victoria stuck by his side throughout, showing their relationship to be strong right from the beginning.
1999 – Birth of Brooklyn
The couple’s oldest child Brooklyn was born on March 4th in Westminster. The name was inspired by the area of New York that the couple were in when they discovered that Victoria was pregnant – Romantic!
The Beckham’s married on the 4th July in 1999 at Luttrellstown Castle in Ireland. David’s teammate Gary Neville was the best man, and tiny 4 month old Brooklyn was the ring bearer. Victoria wore an ivory Vera Wang dress and the wedding reception alone was estimated to cost £500,000! Shortly afterwards they bought their first home in Hertfordshire, dubbed ‘Beckingham Palace’ by the media, for £2.5 million.
2002 – Birth of Romeo
On September 1st 2002 second child Romeo Beckham was born at Portland hospital in London. His godparents are Elton John and Elizabeth Hurley – we bet he gets some pretty amazing birthday presents)!
2005 – Birth of Cruz
On February 20th, 2005, Cruz Beckham was born in Madrid, two years after David joined the Real Madrid team. This was welcomed after a rocky 2004, where affair allegations were made against David. Victoria says of the time ‘”I’m not going to lie; it was a really tough time. It was hard for our entire families. But I realised a lot of people have a price.”
2011 – Birth of Harper
After an idyllic few years in America after moving to Los Angeles in 2007, the couple finally welcomed their first daughter Harper Seven. She was born on July 10th, 2011, and the Seven is believed to be in reference to the number David played when he worked for Manchester United in England.
2012 – Resided in California
In March 2012 it was reported that the Beckhams decided to sell their homes in England and France and settle in California on a full-time basis. Since then the family continue to have more successes, such as Victoria’s fashion line, and a life most could only dream of.
We believe that Posh’n’Becks really are a fairy-tale couple and we can’t see them separating any time in the near future. David has famously said “People can say what they like. But me and Victoria will always stay together as husband and wife … We’ll always stick together.” And we really hope he’s right (although we do wish he was saying it about us instead!). Happy Birthday Victoria, you lucky lucky girl!