Victoria Beckham cracks rare and infectious smile in photo to mark 23rd wedding anniversary

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David and Victoria Beckham are celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary today. (Getty Images)
David and Victoria Beckham are celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary today. (Getty Images)

Today, one of the world’s most famous celebrity couples, David and Victoria Beckham, are celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary.

The former Spice Girl and legendary football player first stole the nation’s hearts when they declared their love for one and another outside of a hotel in Crewe back in 1998.

A year later, they were married in a spectacularly Nineties-style wedding, with matching purple outfits and a giant sword to cut the cake.

Fast forward to 2022, and the couple have added to their brood of Beckhams with four children together – Brooklyn, 23, Romeo, 19, Cruz, 17, and Harper, 10 – plus grown a successful fashion business and have two OBEs thrown into the mix, further cementing their status as the celebrity circuit’s reigning duo.

David and Victoria Beckham at the MOBO Awards in 1999, the year the couple got married. (Getty Images)
David and Victoria Beckham at the MOBO Awards in 1999, the year the couple got married. (Getty Images)

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To celebrate their 23rd wedding anniversary, Victoria Beckham took to Instagram to share her love for her husband David, and put to bed a few rumours from over the years with a tongue-in-cheek message.

"They say he isn't funny, they say I never smile, they said it wouldn't last," she captioned the image of her and David laughing together at an event.

"Today we celebrate 23 years being married," she added. "David you are my everything, I love you so much!!!!"

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Victoria, 48, also went on to share a series of images of her and David throughout their marriage on her Stories, from when they first met to now.

“@davidbeckham you are my everything! I love you so much,” she gushed.

David, 47, also took to his social media to share an anniversary message to his wife. The former England star posted a throwback clip of the couple appearing in a Comic Relief sketch hosted by Ali G in 2001.

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The satirical comedian asked David whether he was into the Spice Girls, and he replied coyly: “No, but I was into Posh.”

No but I was into Posh,” he captioned the image. “23 years ago today Posh became Mrs Beckham, but she will always be Posh.”

“Happy Anniversary WOW 23 years & 4 beautiful kiddies,” he added. “I love you, we all love you.”

From a star-studded wedding complete with crowns, to the couple’s status as Fashion Week fixtures, take a look back at David and Victoria Beckham’s relationship timeline in pictures.

David and Victoria Beckham's relationship timeline

January 1998

David and Victoria Beckham née Adams announced their engagement in 1998 [Photo: PA]
David and Victoria Beckham née Adams announced their engagement in 1998 [Photo: PA]

Almost a year after meeting at a charity football match, David and Victoria Beckham announce their engagement on January 25, 1998.

In celebration, the soon-to-be newlyweds posed for a photo call outside of their hotel in Crewe. Victoria Beckham famously told British Vogue that it was “love at first sight” when she caught eyes with future husband, David.

March 1999

Victoria brought along their first child, Brooklyn, to watch Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur in March, 1999 [Photo: PA]
Victoria brought along their first child, Brooklyn, to watch Manchester United take on Tottenham Hotspur in March, 1999. (PA)

Just months before they tied the knot, the couple welcomed their first son, Brooklyn Joseph Beckham.

July 1999

In one of the most famous A-list weddings of all time, David and Victoria Beckham said “I do” at Luttrellstown Castle just outside of Dublin on July 4, 1999.

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For the history-making ceremony, the former Spice Girl chose a Vera Wang gown and secured the couple’s title as the King of Queen of the celebrity world with a gold crown by jeweller Slim Barrett.

September 2002

David Beckham bagged himself a new fan when the couple welcomed their second son, Romeo, in 2002 [Photo: Getty]
David Beckham bagged himself a new fan when the couple welcomed their second son, Romeo, in 2002. (Getty Images)

The A-list couple welcomed their second son, Romeo James Beckham, on September 1, 2002.

November 2003

David Beckham received an OBE at Buckingham Palace on November 27, 2003 [Photo: Getty]
David Beckham received an OBE at Buckingham Palace on November 27, 2003. (Getty Images)

The Beckham clan relocated to Spain in 2003 after David signed for Real Madrid.

But the couple made sure to return to London briefly when the footballer player was honoured with an OBE.

February 2005

Victoria Beckham brought her three sons along to Baden Baden for the 2006 World Cup [Photo: Getty]
Victoria Beckham brought her three sons along to Baden Baden for the 2006 World Cup. (Getty Images)

David Beckham bagged himself a new football fan when the couple welcomed their third child, Cruz Beckham, on February 20, 2005.

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Here, Victoria is pictured with two of her three sons during the famous 2006 World Cup quarter final in Baden Baden, Germany.

July 2007

David and Victoria Beckham with a statue of David at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, in 2019. (Getty Images)
David and Victoria Beckham with a statue of David at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California, in 2019. (Getty Images)

The couple packed up their lives and their three children to make the move across the pond to Los Angeles, where David had signed a new contract with LA Galaxy.

September 2008

The power couple further cemented their fashion status with the launch of 'Beckham Signature' [Photo: Getty]
The power couple further cemented their fashion status with the launch of 'Beckham Signature'. (Getty Images)

In a move which further pushed ‘Brand Beckham’, fans could even smell like the celebrity duo thanks to the launch of their debut fragrance.

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January 2009

The power couple posed for a Emporio Armani 2009/2010 lingerie campaign [Photo: Getty]
The power couple posed for a Emporio Armani 2009/2010 lingerie campaign. (Getty Images)

In case anyone needed reminding that David and Victoria Beckham are fashion’s most powerful couple - they became the faces of a Emporio Armani 2009/2010 lingerie campaign.

April 2011

David and Victoria Beckham at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's 2011 nuptials [Photo: Getty]
David and Victoria Beckham at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's 2011 nuptials. (Getty Images)

It’s no secret that the Beckham clan have a friendly relationship with Princes Harry and William so fans were pleased to see the couple attend the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s nuptials in 2011.

Victoria Beckham was pregnant with the couple’s fourth child, Harper Beckham, at the time.

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July 2011

David Beckham with Harper Beckham in London in 2012. (Getty Images)
David Beckham with Harper Beckham in London in 2012. (Getty Images)

Three months later on July 10, 2011, Victoria gave birth to the couple’s first daughter, Harper Seven Beckham.

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May 2013

After seven years stateside, the family moved back to the UK when David announced his retirement from playing professional football.

David and Victoria Beckham with children Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn at the press night performance of 'Viva Forever' in London in 2012. (Getty Images)
David and Victoria Beckham with children Romeo, Cruz and Brooklyn at the press night performance of 'Viva Forever' in London in 2012. (Getty Images)

January 2017

David revealed that the couple had renewed their vows in a private ceremony. During an interview on BBC Radio 4's Desert Island Discs, he shared that the couple has renewed their vows since their 1999 wedding but didn't reveal when or where.

"We have renewed our vows since [our first wedding]," he told host Kirsty Young. "It was a lot more private with only six people there in our house."

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 11:  Victoria and David Beckham attend the Kent & Curwen SS18 LFWM Presentation on June 11, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Darren Gerrish/Darren Gerrish/WireImage)
Victoria and David Beckham attend the Kent & Curwen London Fashion Week presentation in 2017. (Getty Image)

May 2018

Adding another royal wedding to their name, David and Victoria Beckham also bagged a golden invitation to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s star-studded nuptials on May 19, 2018.

Victoria  and David Beckham at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in 2018. (Getty Images)
Victoria and David Beckham at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle for Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding in 2018. (Getty Images)

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For the ceremony held at St George’s Chapel in Windsor, the designer wore a navy cape-sleeve dress by her eponymous label with punchy orange heels.

February 2019

The Beckham children join their father (and Anna Wintour) to cheer on Victoria Beckham at the fashion show for her eponymous brand. (Getty Images)
The Beckham children join their father (and Anna Wintour) to cheer on Victoria Beckham at the fashion show for her eponymous brand. (Getty Images)

To support their mother’s AW19 show during London Fashion Week, her children joined David Beckham (and none other than Anna Wintour) on the front row on February 17, 2019.

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