Beckham World Cup Party

Last Update: 09 April 2003


Sean attended David and Victoria Beckham's World Cup Party in May 2002.

Stars Turn Out For Beckhams' Posh Do
May 13/02 - Ananova

Showbiz and football stars have flocked to a glittering garden party hosted by David and Victoria Beckham.

The lavish day at their home in Hertfordshire is reported to have cost £350,000.

The pre-World Cup party had a Japanese theme with a "white tie and diamond" dress code.

Around 300 fans of the Beckhams, many wearing England shirts and Manchester United tops, were kept back by metal barriers and more than a dozen police.

Among the first to arrive was Geoff Hurst followed by some of England's present international soccer players Teddy Sheringham, Joe Cole and Danny Mills. Gary Lineker and his wife, Michelle, also attended, as did Des Lynham and Jimmy White.

The world of showbusiness was represented by Cilla Black, Sir Elton John and Goldie.

Other guests included Sir David Frost, Vivienne Westwood and Greg Rusedski and his wife, Lucy, whose cream off-the-shoulder dress showed off her diamond necklace.

Sir Richard Branson and Jamie Oliver were also guests at the Beckham's home in Sawbridgeworth. Mohammad al-Fayed flew in by helicopter.

The fans waiting at the gate cheered many of the guests as they arrived, but the biggest applause was for Ant and Dec.

The coverage of the event was said to have been bought up by two glossy magazines and a television company, and all proceeds were due to go to the children's charity the NSPCC.


Hello Magazine
21 May 2002

It may be the Queen's Golden Jubilee year, but when it comes to celebrating, nothing could compare to the lavish and stylish send-off hosted by David and Victoria Beckham for the England World Cup squad and famous guests.

Sealing their position as Britain's celebrity royalty, the handsome couple's spectacular party was attended by every big name worth their salt, dressed to thrill, as requested, in glamorous "white tie and diamonds".

The diamonds that really told a story were those worn by the World Cup manager Sven Goran Eriksson's partner Nancy Dell'Olio, who looked exquisite in a turquoise beaded gown from New York designer Randolph Duke. Asked whether they were gifts from Sven, the woman who recently fought off love rival Ulrika Jonsson said: "Most definitely - Sven's given me many presents."


Stars Bend With Beckhams
Sky News
Monday May 13, 2002

Stars from the world of showbusiness turned out in force for a glittering pre-World Cup party hosted by Victoria and David Beckham.

The lavish, Japanese-themed bash at the couple's imposing home, dubbed Beckingham Palace, in
Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, is reported to have cost £350,000.

Coverage of the event is believed to have been bought up by two glossy magazines and a television company, while all proceeds are due to go to children's charity the NSPCC.

Experience

An NSPCC spokesman said: "We're very grateful the NSPCC will be given the profits from the party being held by David and Victoria as they are long-term supporters of the charity and their work in the past has been
invaluable."

England boss Sven Goran Eriksson headed the celebrities from the world of football.

Geoff Hurst, hero of England's 1966 World Cup-winning side, arrived to pass on his experience to current national team players, Teddy Sheringham of Spurs, West Ham's Joe Cole and Liverpool's Danny Murphy.

They were joined by Beckham's best-man at his wedding and Manchester United team-mate, Gary Neville, and the Fulham chairman Mohamed Al-Fayed, who flew in by helicopter.

Applause

Other sports stars included British tennis player Greg Rusedski, snooker player Jimmy White, former footballer-turned-TV pundit Gary Lineker, broadcaster Des Lynam and television's Sir David Frost.

Cilla Black, Sir Elton John, DJ and actor Goldie, designer Vivienne Westwood, Joan Collins, tycoon Sir Richard Branson and TV chef Jamie Oliver also attended.

The smartly-attired guests showed they had heeded the "white tie and diamond" dress code.

It was reported guests would be served an Oriental banquet by Japanese staff wearing traditional outfits in the house and in its sprawling grounds.

Fans waiting at the gate cheered many of the guests as they arrived but the biggest applause was for the TV presenters Ant and Dec, who have recorded the official England World Cup song.

Around 300 fans of the Beckhams, many wearing England shirts and Manchester United tops, who lined the entrance to the home to get a glimpse of the guests, were kept back by metal barriers and more than a dozen police.


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