Plus, find out what Beckham's 4-year-old daughter Harper said about her dad's big meeting

By Simon Perry
June 23, 2016 03:10 PM
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brightcove.createExperiences(); Prince Harry and David Beckham spent Thursday night at Buckingham Palace celebrating one of their favorite women: Queen Elizabeth.

“Just being here, it gives me goose bumps just driving through the gate,” Beckham told reporters. “I’ve been here a couple of times now, and every time it is very special.

“After the school pick up today I was talking to [4-year-old daughter] Harper and I was like, ‘I’m going to see the Queen.’ She was like, ‘Okay, but do you think she will be drinking tea?’ So she was very inquisitive. I am so proud to be here.” (Of course, Harper is well acquainted with Prince Harry already!)

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In a speech at the event honoring young leaders, Prince Harry heaped praise on his grandmother.

“I have been extremely fortunate to meet many exceptional people over the years, but none more so than Her Majesty The Queen,” he said. “I, like millions of others across the world, have been able to look to her for inspiration and guidance.

“The Queen, who assumed the challenge of leadership at such a young age, has shown us all the importance of selfless commitment and service. She is the example I aspire to and the standard by which I will judge my contribution.”

Queen Elizabeth and David Beckham
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Harry and Beckham attended the event to help honor young people from around the Commonwealth – the group of loosely-linked nations that the Queen heads – who have made considerable achievements.

In his speech, Harry praised the evening’s honorees for their good work across the globe.

“The Queen’s Young Leaders award recognizes what you have achieved, not for yourselves, but for your communities, for your peers, and for those less fortunate,” he said. “Your service spans a broad spectrum of fields from HIV and sexual health education, to micro-finance and the recycling of hi-tech waste.”

The prince recalled spending time with three of last year’s leaders at a secondary school in Johannesburg when he visited in November.

“I watched as they shared their stories,” he said. “I could see in the faces of the students as they sat listening, that aspirations were being unlocked and new goals were being set right in front of our eyes.”

Beckham also told reporters his own children could look up to the people being honored.

“It’s so nice to see these young men and women come here that are so passionate about what they want to do in life, their dreams, it’s just something that’s so special to them,” the soccer icon said, adding, “The excitement in the palace was really incredible. It’s amazing they get to meet Her Majesty and the chance to experience something like this.”

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