David Beckham visits King Charles in Gloucestershire for 'inspiring' chat

The King at his Highgrove home with David Beckham
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David Beckham and the King exchanged "beekeeping tips" during a meeting in Gloucestershire, ahead of the former England football captain's appointment as an ambassador for the King's Foundation. The ex-sports star was officially announced as a supporter of Charles's charitable organisation a few weeks after his private meeting with the monarch to gain more insight into its operations.

Beckham said: “I’m excited to be working with the King’s Foundation and to have the opportunity to help raise awareness of the charity’s work. I’ve always been keen to help young people to expand their horizons and I’m particularly looking forward to supporting the foundation’s education programmes and its efforts to ensure young people have greater access to nature.”

In photos released to commemorate the announcement, Beckham is seen with the King at the entrance of Highgrove, Charles's Gloucestershire retreat, and trying out his carpentry skills with foundation students participating in woodworking courses at the Snowdon School of Furniture. The foundation, being the custodian of the Highgrove gardens, provides workshops, programmes and short courses centred on heritage and craft skills at its Barley Court education centre within the estate.

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Alongside its educational programmes aimed at preserving traditional skills, the foundation, headquartered at Dumfries House in East Ayrshire, strives to rejuvenate communities through urban regeneration and planning, support sustainable food production and impart rural skills.

Beckham said: “Having developed a love for the countryside I’m also on a personal mission to learn more about rural skills which is so central to the foundation’s work. It was inspiring to hear from the King about the work of His Majesty’s foundation during my recent visit to Highgrove Gardens – and compare beekeeping tips!”

The football icon has been quite vocal about his new-found passion for beekeeping, especially since acquiring a converted barn in the Cotswolds. Beckham has taken to social media to share his beekeeping adventures.

On World Bee Day last year, he posted an Instagram video showing him tending to a beehive, and in another post, he posed next to a hive captioned with the advice, "Be kind & they will be calm".

Joining the ranks of other notable ambassadors for the foundation, such as The Repair Shop's Jay Blades, who champions building crafts, gardening expert Alan Titchmarsh, and property guru Sarah Beeny, Beckham continues to make his mark beyond the pitch.

Since tying the knot with former Spice Girl and now esteemed fashion designer Victoria Beckham in 1999, the celebrated midfielder has expanded his portfolio, including co-owning the US football team Inter Miami, which famously signed Lionel Messi last summer.

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