David Beckham graces William's wedding as the Prince grabs peerage title

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    David Beckham and wife Victoria registered their conspicuous presence at Prince William’s wedding on Friday at Westminster Abbey, joining thousands of other influential guests and well wishers to grand the occasion.

    David and Victoria felt homely with other guests, appearing in eye-popping showpiece attires to honour the Prince with whom he had carried out national assignments for Britain.

    It will be recalled that both Prince William an David Beckham have fought a place in world cup hosting for England and the duo for long have prove two loyal ambassadors for Britain.
    Mr and Mrs Beckham on arrival at the wedding venue described the occasion as “beautiful and heartfelt”.

    Footballer David and his Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer wife, and music legend Sir Elton John were among 1,900 guests invited to the Westminster Abbey service.

    The Beckhams, who drew plaudits for their stylish appearance at the service, said it had been an honour to attend.

    In a statement following the ceremony, the couple said: “Today’s ceremony was beautiful and heartfelt. Catherine looked wonderfully elegant and we were honoured to be part of such a special, historical day for our country.

    David and Victoria Beckham at the wedding.

    “We wish Catherine and William much love and happiness for the future.”
    Victoria, pregnant with her fourth child, chose one of her own designs to suit the big day, wearing a dark blue dress from her AW11 collection, accessorised with a hat by celebrated milliner Philip Treacy.

     

    David wore a Ralph Lauren morning suit with the OBE he received in 2003 pinned to the right lapel, and had his hair slicked back with a parting on the left side.

    Sir Elton drew some of the biggest cheers as he arrived for the ceremony. He did not show off his usual flamboyant style as both he and his partner David Furnish were dressed in black morning coats and grey trousers.

    Ben Fogle, TV presenter and friend of William, was also invited. He tweeted after the ceremony: “Beautiful service. Very moving. On a double decker bus from the Abbey to the Palace. Had to show a bank statement to security to get on.”

    Prince William and Kate Middleton smile as they return to the University of St Andrews on February 25, 2011

    The future Duke and Duchess of Cambridge Photo: GETTY

    All hail the Duke and Duchess of Cambrodge

    Martin Beckford

    By Martin Beckford 8:07AM BST 29 Apr 2011

    Buckingham Palace announced at 8am on Friday that the Queen had bestowed the title of Duke of Cambridge on her grandson.

    His bride, Miss Middleton, will be known as the Duchess of Cambridge after the royal wedding ceremony at Westminster Abbey.


    A dukedom is the highest rank in the British peerage. 

    They have also been given the Scottish titles of Earl and Countess of Strathearn, which may reflect the fact that they met at St Andrews University.

    The couple’s third title is a Northern Irish one, Baron and Baroness Carrickfergus.

    Buckingham Palace said in a statement: “The Queen has today been pleased to confer a Dukedom on Prince William of Wales.

    “His titles will be Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus.

    “Prince William thus becomes His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge and Miss Catherine Middleton on marriage will become Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge.”

    Fittingly, the last Duke of Cambridge married a commoner for love just like Prince William.

    Prince George, known as the 2nd Duke of Cambridge, was born in 1819. He was a grandson of George III and the only son of Prince Adolphus Frederick, the 1st Duke of Cambridge.

    He refused to have an arranged marriage and declared such unions were “doomed to failure”.

    He became captivated by the actress Sarah Louisa Fairbrother, who was said to be a classic beauty and a graceful dancer. They wed in 1847 when she was already the mother of two of his children and pregnant with his third.

    It is customary for members of the Royal family to be offered at least one title by the monarch when they are married.

    When the royal wedding was announced last year, it was expected that the second-in-line to the throne would be offered a Dukedom, making his wife a Duchess, and Cambridge was the favourite title.

    Other possibilities were said to have included the Duke of Clarence and the Duke of Sussex.

    If the Prince had turned down the titles, he would have remained HRH Prince William of Wales.

    His wife would likely have been known as HRH Princess William of Wales, rather than HRH Princess Catherine, as she is not a princess in her own right.

     

    Miss Fairbrother was ostracised by the Royal Family and never given the title the Duchess of Cambridge. Instead she became known by the nickname Mrs FitzGeorge.

    There are claims that the Duke was actually reticent about the marriage. According to author and genealogist Anthony J Camp, the Duke was not correctly described in the marriage entry and did not use his normal signature.

    Whatever his intentions, the Duke had a wandering eye and it was not long after he married that he took up with mistress Louisa Beauclerk.

    She remained his lover for more than 30 years until her death and he once described her as “the idol of my life and my existence”.

    Like Prince William, this Duke of Cambridge joined the Army. He served in the Crimean War and was promoted to Commander-in-Chief in 1887.

    There is an equestrian statue of him in the middle of London’s Whitehall which William and Kate will be able to see from their carriage procession after the service.

    The Duke was said to be a disciplinarian, who believed Army promotions should be based on social connections rather than ability. He died in 1904.

    His father was also the Duke of Cambridge.

    Prince Adolphus Frederick (1774-1850) was the 1st Duke of Cambridge and the seventh son of George III.

    This Duke of Cambridge was a Chancellor of St Andrews University in Scotland where William and Kate met. He held the post from 1811 to 1814.

    He was also Prince William’s great-great-great-great grandfather.

    The Duke’s granddaughter was Mary of Teck, who became Queen Mary and was Elizabeth II’s grandmother.

    The Duke was described by his father as being “lively”. He was a military man and a popular figure.

    He was apparently very fond of interrupting church services by bellowing out “By all means” if the priest said “Let us pray”.

    He was also a great support of charities, literature and the sciences.

    He married the glamorous German born Princess Augusta Wilhelmina Louisa of Hesse-Cassel, who was Duchess of Cambridge – the last to hold the title before Miss Middleton takes on the name.

    She was the longest-lived daughter in law of George III and outlived her husband by 39 years, dying in 1889 at the age of 91.

    The Duke of Cambridge has been a royal title since the reign of Charles II.

    The first Duke of Cambridge was a Stuart prince who only lived for a few months, followed by others who were styled with title but also died very young.

    George, Elector of Hanover, also held the title and went on to become King George II.

    He was the last English monarch to lead his troops into battle – at Dettingen in 1743.

    The title – a popular name for pubs – will link William to the city the Cambridge where his father the Prince of Wales went to university.

    The title Duke comes from the Latin “Dux” meaning “a leader”.

    It is the highest rank in British Peerage. The Queen is also the Duke of Lancaster, while the Prince of Wales is the Duke of Cornwall.