What happens when a Spice Girl falls in love with an all-star athlete? They become one of the most fashionable and iconic couples of all time! David and Victoria Beckham stole our hearts the moment they started dating in 1997. 21 years of marriage later, here is everything you need to know about David and Victoria Beckham's relationship.
- David Beckham and Victoria Beckham, née Adams, first met in 1997 at a soccer game.
- A year after their first encounter, David proposed with a marquise-cut engagement ring.
- The couple welcomed their first child in March 1999, and wed four months later on July 4, 1999.
- During their 20-year (and counting!) marriage, the athlete and fashion designer have welcomed three more children and even renewed their vows in 2017.
1997: Love at First Sight
According to Victoria, it truly was love at first sight for the pop star and athlete. The pair first met in the Manchester United players' lounge, a moment she chronicled in a 2016 issue of British Vogue. "While the other football players stand at the bar drinking with their mates, you will see David standing aside with his family. (He’s not even in the first team at this stage—you are the famous one)," she wrote. "And he has such a cute smile. You, too, are close to your family, and you will think how similar he feels to you." The same day, David asked the Spice Girl for her number—which she wrote on a London-to-Manchester plane ticket. The sweetest part? David still has that ticket to this day!
January 25, 1998: The Engagement Announcement
Just a year after they met, the athlete and pop star announced their engagement. David proposed to Victoria with a marquise-cut engagement ring worth about $85,000.
March 4, 1991: Brooklyn is Born
Four months before their summer wedding, the couple welcomed their first child together. Brooklyn Beckham was born on March 4, 1999.
July 4, 1999: A Very 90s Wedding
David and Victoria married on July 4, 1999 and said "I do" in front of just 29 guests at Luttrellstown Castle outside of Dublin. Victoria wore a silk pleated ball gown by Vera Wang, along with an 18K-gold tiara, down the aisle while David wore a white suit. The couple changed into daring purple outfits (the first of many coordinating outfits for the couple) and celebrated with 230 more guests—including the bride's fellow Spice Girls!
September 1, 2002: Romeo is Born
In the fall of 2002, David and Victoria welcomed their second child together, a son named Romeo James Beckham.
April 2003: Moving to Madrid
In 2003, David joined Spanish soccer team Real Madrid, prompting the family of four to move to Spain. Above, the couple is pictured at the MTV Movie Awards one month after their move wearing yet another coordinating outfit.
February 20, 2005: Cruz is Born
The pair welcomed Cruz David Beckham, their third child and third son together, on February 20, 2005.
July 2007: The Newest L.A. Residents
After a few seasons playing for Real Madrid, David joined the LA Galaxy, prompting yet another move. To welcome the British power couple to the West Coast, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes hosted a star-studded welcome party for David and Victoria.
April 29, 2011: Best Dressed Royal Wedding Guests
The couple attended Prince William and Kate Middleton's Royal Wedding in 2011. The moment solidified Victoria's status as a wedding guest fashion trendsetter as she showed off her growing baby bump in an all-navy ensemble.
July 10, 2011: Harper is Born
On July 10, 2011, the couple welcomed their fourth child and first daughter, Harper Seven Beckham.
July 2014: Back to the U.K.
The Beckhams moved back to the United Kingdom in the summer of 2014. The family of six purchased a multi-million dollar home in London's Holland Park and underwent extension reservations before officially moving in.
January 2017: A Secret Vow Renewal
18 years after their wedding, David and Victoria secretly renewed their vows in their London home. The soccer star shared details of the intimate ceremony on a radio show. "We stay together because we love each other, and because we have four wonderful children," he said.
May 19, 2018: Another Royal Wedding
Donning another chic blue ensemble, Victoria and David arrived at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding in 2018 hand-in-hand.
July 4, 2019: 20 Years and Counting
On their twentieth wedding anniversary, the couple celebrated with a private tour of Le Château de Versailles, a historical French monument once home to King Louis XVI and Queen Marie Antoinette. "The most incredible visit on a very special day," she wrote on Instagram. "Thank u to everyone who made it so memorable and all our family and friends for always supporting us as a family. Can’t believe it’s been 20 years! So many kisses xxx."