‘Never without her signature lipstick’: Victoria Beckham hails Queen as ‘powerful source of inspiration’

Victoria Beckham has hailed Queen Elizabeth as a “powerful source of inspiration”, calling her the “ultimate icon” who was “never without her signature lipstick”.

The former Spice Girl turned fashion designer, 48, said she has spent the last week reflecting on the monarch’s death in a post to her 30 million followers on Instagram.

It comes as her husband, David, queued for 13 hours to see the Queen lying in state, and wiped away tears as he paid his respects in Westminster Hall.

David, who queued alone, was made an OBE for his services to football in the Queen’s birthday honours list in 2003 and also met her on several occasions.

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A number of Victoria’s designs have been worn by royals in recent years, including the Duchess of Sussex and the Countess of Wessex.

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Beckham pays respects to Queen

On her Instagram story, she shared an image of when she met the Queen at the Royal Command Performance in 1997, during her time in the Spice Girls.

“I’m so grateful for this memory,” she wrote.

She also shared a number of images of the Queen, adding: “And never without her signature lipstick!”

Alongside an image of the Queen dancing with the late Duke of Edinburgh she wrote: “Rest in peace Your Majesty, thank you for your service. Dance on forever with your prince.”

In her post, Beckham wrote: “I’ve spent the last week reflecting on the loss of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and how she was a powerful source of inspiration not just for me, but for so many around the world.

“The ultimate icon in every way and the epitome of elegance, she will live on in our hearts and minds forever.

“I offer my deepest sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family at this time, and we join them in mourning the loss of our beloved Sovereign.”

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She signed off her message with the initials VB.

Victoria Beckham was made an OBE in the 2017 New Year Honours for services to the fashion industry and received the honour from the now Prince of Wales during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

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