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Victoria Beckham and David Beckham's relationship timeline

The Spice Girls star and fashion designer met the former premiere league footballer in 1997

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Sharnaz Shahid
Sharnaz ShahidDeputy Online Editor
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David and Victoria Beckham are one of the most well-known power couples in the world.

After meeting in 1997, Manchester United footie ace David Beckham and Spice Girls star Victoria Adams became one of the celebrity world's hottest couples. They married just under two years later and have since welcomed four children together.

Take a look back at some of the best moments from David and Victoria's union so far in the video below.

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"My wife picked me out of a soccer sticker book. And I chose her off the telly," David joked in his autobiography. "It felt straight away like we'd always been meant to be together," he continued. However, it's not always been plain sailing for the iconic couple.

Join us at HELLO! as we explore Posh and Becks' entire love story.

How did Victoria Beckham meet David Beckham?

Victoria and David first met back in 1997 in the Manchester United players' lounge, and as the former footballer explained in his autobiography, the two believe they both fell in love at first sight.

Reminiscing about her first meeting with David in 2016, Victoria told British Vogue: "[Love] will happen to you in the Manchester United players' lounge—although you will get a little drunk, so exact details are hazy… He's going to ask for your number. (He still has the London-to-Manchester plane ticket on which you wrote it)."

David and Victoria in matching outfits© Photo: Getty Images

Posh and Becks in 1999

In their early days, the pair's star status as a celebrity couple dating quickly rose - thanks in part to their penchant for appearing at showbiz parties in matching outfits.

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Soon, they were the most talked-about pairing in the country, and given the nickname Posh and Becks.

When did David and Victoria get engaged?

David got down on one knee and popped the question to Victoria on January 25 1998, slipping a three-carat, marquise-cut sparkler from Boodle and Dunthorpe on the Wannabe star's finger.

David and Victoria kissing© Photo: Getty Images

The couple got engaged in 1998

The future Real Madrid footballer also ordered himself some serious bling to mark the occasion - a matching engagement band set with 96 diamonds. Both rings cost a total of £200,000.

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Shortly after announcing their engagement, the couple celebrated their happy news with a romantic holiday in Marbella, Spain.

When did Victoria and David Beckham get married?

David and Victoria got married in July 1999, around a year and a half after they got engaged, and four months after the arrival of their first child, Brooklyn.

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The A-listers were married at a lavish ceremony

They flew to Ireland to tie the knot, and the high-profile couple wed at the Emerald Isle's imposing Luttrellstown Castle, with David's teammate Gary Neville as best man, and baby Brooklyn acting as ring-bearer.

The bride wore an ivory Vera Wang creation, and they said their vows in front of a star-studded wedding party including the Spice Girls, Bobby Charlton and David Seaman. As they become man and wife, a single dove was released as a symbol of their love.

Later that year, the A-list pair purchased an £11.5 million mansion in Hertfordshire, affectionately dubbed Beckingham Palace by the media - and 'Brand Beckham' was born.

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Photos from David and Victoria's wedding

How long have Victoria and David Beckham been together?

David and Victoria have been together now for almost 24 years, and their deep love for each other is showing no signs of waning as they head towards their silver wedding anniversary in 2024.

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However, in 2004, the seemingly perfect couple's marriage was rocked by sensational claims that the football icon had been conducting an affair with his Madrid-based assistant Rebecca Loos. After a media frenzy surrounding what experts called the biggest story since the death of Princess Diana, David issued a statement slamming the allegations as "ludicrous".

Rebecca Loos standing next to Victoria Beckham© Photo: Getty Images

Rebecca Loos with Victoria in 2003

Victoria stood by her man. "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," she later said of the scandal.

After celebrating their 16th wedding anniversary in 2015, Victoria was again forced to quash rumours that her marriage was in trouble, insisting that the couple had "nothing to prove".

She told Grazia: "I am blessed to have a wonderful husband and beautiful, healthy, happy children. Yes, we travel a lot with our respective businesses and charitable commitments, but we always make time for each other as a couple and as a family."

She added: "David and I have nothing to prove. We love each other, look out for each other and are strong as both partners and parents."

David Beckham on the far right of the photo being questioned by the media© Photo: Getty Images

David announcing the birth of their second child

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Following almost 20 years of marriage in the public eye, Victoria admitted that the constant speculation about their relationship was frustrating. Speaking to The Guardian, she said: "It can get quite frustrating. But I leave it to my PR team. I don’t get involved."

In 2018, David opened up about the realities of marriage, revealing on Australian TV show The Sunday Project: "To have been married for the amount of time that we have, it's always hard work. It becomes a little more complicated." But still, the couple have remained committed in their inspirational marriage for over two decades.

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Victoria and Beckham stayed strong despite the rumours

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When David and Victoria marked 21 years since they became engaged in January 2019, the A-listers both shared sweet photos from their engagement announcement on social media, with Victoria admitting: "Can’t believe this was 21 years ago!!!"

How many children do Victoria and David Beckham have?

David and Victoria have four children, Brooklyn, 23, Romeo, 20, Cruz, 18, and Harper, 11. Owing to the couple's huge celebrity status, their children have also often become stars themselves.

In March 1999, the nation was delighted when he and Victoria announced the birth of their first child – a son. They called the baby boy Brooklyn because they were in the New York district when they found out they were expecting. Brooklyn has recently been in the headlines due to the drama surrounding his wedding to Nicola Peltz in 2022.

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In 2002, Posh and Becks became proud parents for the second time, as their baby son Romeo was born in London. Speaking outside the hospital, David gushed: "You're always nervous having children but it's the most beautiful thing in the world, so we're both delighted." And, explaining the unusual moniker, he added: "It's just a name we love".

Romeo is now following in his father's footsteps as a footballer, but also takes notes from his mother's fashionable influence. Recently he was seen at New York fashion week with his girlfriend Mia Regan.

In February 2007, Victoria and David welcomed their third son Cruz. "He's gorgeous, healthy and his mum is very good so we're a very happy family. He's got Victoria's lips and nose," said proud dad David. Cruz appears to be following his mother's early career influence and heading into music, and was recently spotted dancing with his family at the wedding of Marc Anthony and Nadia Ferreira.

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The Beckhams in 2015

The Beckham family were overjoyed in July 2011 when Victoria welcomed Harper Seven, the first little girl to be born into the Beckham clan. "Baby Harper is the most beautiful baby girl I have ever seen," the former Spice Girl tweeted. "I have fallen in love all over again. We feel so blessed and the boys love their baby sister so much."

Following Harper's birth, there was no maternity leave for Victoria. The mum-of-four was soon back on the promotional trail for her fashion label, taking Harper with her on trips to New York Fashion Week and China. Harper is now 11 and recently enjoyed another "girls' night out" with her mum.

In June 2019, the picture-perfect family all enjoyed a fun family trip to Miami. The couple shared a number of happy pics from the holiday on their Instagram Stories, as did sons Romeo and Cruz.

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The family on holiday together in Miami

Are Victoria and David still together?

Yes, the pair are still so in love! On their Instagram accounts, the pair share various pictures from home and tributes to one another on special milestones.

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For their 17th wedding anniversary in 2016, Victoria was first with her moving tribute, sharing a snap of her embracing David shortly after becoming Mrs Beckham. She wrote: "I feel so loved and truly blessed. My best friend, my love. The kindest man who inspires me every day. Happy birthday to the best husband and daddy in the world! EVER! #HappilyEverAfter."

David and Victoria on a red carpet© Photo: Getty Images

David and Victoria have been together almost 24 years

Retired footballer David was quick to post his own heartfelt message, and the star shared another stunning image from their nuptials alongside it. He said: "Wow 17 years ago to the day this happened… I was lucky to meet someone who has the same drive and wanted the same things in life… We have created 4 beautiful children that I couldn't wish for a more loving and caring mummy for them… Happy anniversary I love u." [sic]

In early 2017, David revealed that he and his wife Victoria renewed their wedding vows in 2006. Speaking about their lavish wedding back in 1999 during the 75th anniversary edition of Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, the football legend said: "We did throw a lot at it. We have renewed our vows since then and it was a lot more private, there were about six people there in our house."

In June 2017, the mother-of-four shared the secret behind her successful partnership with David in a new interview with Vogue Netherlands. The key, she said, is that she and David "have a lot of fun together". She added: "If I really was as miserable as I look in some of those paparazzi pictures, my children wouldn't be as happy as they are. And I certainly wouldn't be married anymore."

David and Victoria together at an event© Photo: Getty Images

The couple renewed their vows in 2006

Speaking on the Today show just months prior, Victoria said of her partner: "He's my soulmate. He's the most incredible husband. We complement each other. He inspires me every day, with the children, with the way he treats me; it just works. We are lucky to have each other."

Where do David and Victoria live?

The celebrity couple have had many amazing homes before they settled into their amazing London-based home which they still live in today. In 2003, when in-demand David was snapped up by Spanish giants Real Madrid for a cool £25 million – the whole clan upped and moved to the Spanish capital.

And after putting an end to the tumultuous Madrid-based chapter in their lives, the Beckhams cemented their A-list status with a hotly-anticipated move to Los Angeles in July 2007 after David had signed a contract with football team LA Galaxy.

Not long after their arrival, Posh and Becks began making a multitude of Hollywood friends – including Tom Cruise and his wife Katie Holmes, and Will Smith and his wife Jada. It soon became apparent that the Beckham clan, pictured in New York, were revelling in their new lives in America.

David and Victoria with Will and Jada Smith and Tom Cruise© Photo: Getty Images

The Beckhams have many famous friends

Despite Victoria's Spice Girls commitments – the group had reformed and embarked upon a sell-out world tour in December 2007 – their marriage was stronger than ever, and their young boys had well and truly settled into life in America.

"We love it here. It's good weather and the children are secure," the fashionista said during a Net-A-Porter party in 2010. "And the main thing is that America is a country where men and women are equal, and the sky's the limit for your career. So I think we'll live here for a while."

However, following David's retirement from football in 2013, the couple moved back to the UK with their family. The couple now live together in Holland Park, London, in a stunning £31 million mansion.

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