Victoria Beckham collected her OBE—or award for Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire—this morning at Buckingham Palace. Announced as a recipient back in December as part of the Queen’s birthday honors, the former Spice Girl and critically acclaimed designer was recognized for her services to the fashion industry.
“It was an absolute pleasure to be at Buckingham Palace today,” she told the BBC. “I’m proud to be British, honored and humbled to receive my OBE from the Duke of Cambridge. If you dream big and work hard, you can accomplish great things.”
Beckham launched her eponymous womenswear label in 2008 and has since showed her collections during New York fashion week each season. In 2011, she launched a lower-priced diffusion label—Victoria Victoria Beckham—which is shown in London. That same year, she won Designer Brand of the Year at the Fashion Awards (formerly known as the British Fashion Awards). Beckham, whose husband, David, also received an OBE in 2003 for his contributions to soccer, was a guest judge at last year’s BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund and sat on the judging committee for this year’s Woolmark Prize competition. Earlier this month, her collection for Target hit stores.
Beckham received her medal from Prince William wearing a navy knit dress from her Pre-Fall 2017 collection and purple heels. Previous OBE recipients within the fashion realm include Phoebe Philo, Vivienne Westwood, Sarah Burton, and newly named editor-in-chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful.